Chambers hails 'whirlwind' journey to Arsenal

The teenager, who joined the Gunners within a year of making his Premier League bow, hopes to keep on improving especially in a right-back role that is still fairly new to him
Arsenal new-boy Calum Chambers has dubbed his swift rise to prominence as a "whirlwind" after sealing a move to the Emirates Stadium less than a year after making his Premier League debut.

The 19-year-old became the latest Southampton academy product to swap the south coast for north London when he completed a £16 million switch on Monday, becoming the Gunners' fourth summer signing.

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And Chambers is revelling in a "mad" year that has seen him progress from the Saints' Under-21 team to Arsenal's first-team squad, and he is eager to continue his rapid development at his new club.

"It has been a bit of a whirlwind for me," Chambers told Arsenal's official website. "I have managed to keep my feet on the ground and worked hard but it has been quite a mad eight months!

"From Under-21s to first-team football is such a big step. I think it is more mentally than physically challenging, and over the Christmas period as well it is very tough.

"I loved [my first season]. Every experience I got was such a good feeling to go out there and play against players of such quality. I just want to keep doing it more and more."

Arsene Wenger has previously praised his latest recruit’s versatility, being able to play across the back-line and in central midfield, and Chambers says he is still adapting after playing much of his youth in midfield.

"I was a midfielder about a year and a half ago for [Southampton] under-21s," he continued. "I saw an opportunity in the first team at right back and thought that for my progress it would be best to move there.

"I used everything I learnt in midfield like first touch, scanning and all that and brought it into [playing as a] right back. I learnt how to play there with the under-21s and went through each game afterwards with the coaches and worked on little bits and it just went from there."