Wenger on Chambers: 'He has tremendous quality'

The teenager has completed a move from Southampton in a deal worth up to €20 million and his new manager says he has all the attributes he looks for in a young player
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed new signing Calum Chambers after the Southampton starlet completed his move to the Emirates Stadium.

The teenager, who could the Gunners a total of €20m, is expected to provide competition to new signing Mathieu Debuchy, while his arrival also paves the way for Carl Jenkinson to leave the club.

Chambers become the fifth player to leave the Saints this summer, alongside Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren, and Wenger says he is delighted the Englishman has opted to make the move to north London.

"We are very pleased that Calum has agreed to join us," he told the club's official website.

"The way he adapted to the Premier League last season with Southampton at a young age shows that he has tremendous quality.

"He has a lot of the attributes that we look for in a young player and I am sure that he will do well with us."

Chambers, a Southampton academy graduate, follows in the footsteps of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in making the move from the south coast to north London.

The 19-year-old could be joined at Arsenal by former team-mate Morgan Schneiderlin, with the Gunners hoping to beat off competition from Tottenham to sign the France international.