Fulham Land Chambers, Defender Excited By Move

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England Under-23 international Calum Chambers joined Fulham on a season-long loan, reports talkSPORT.

The Arsenal defender was knocking on the door of the Gunners starting line-up but finds Shkodran Mustafi, 26, and Sokratis, 29, ahead of him.

Chambers signed a new long-term deal with Arsenal before the club departed on their pre-season tour of the Far East. After performing well in recent friendlies, the former Southampton defender hoped to feature in the first-team more often but after discussions, he and the Arsenal hierarchy believe it’s best if he moves elsewhere for a season.

The centre-back is optimistic about the coming season. “I watched a lot of Fulham last season,” he said. “I really like the way they play football.

“There’s a good manager, it’s a great club, so I’m really excited for the season ahead.”

Speculation surrounding the move centred on whether the Cottagers agreed an option to buy if the loan proved successful. The answer is no; Arsenal aren’t ready to let Chambers depart the Emirates this season.

It’s not the first time Arsenal loaned him out. Chambers spent 2016/17 on loan at Middlesbrough and earned rave reviews from then-‘Boro boss Aitor Karanka. The north London club will be hoping Fulham are equally enthusiastic about his development this season.