Calum Chambers signs for Arsenal on long-term contract

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Arsenal have this afternoon confirmed the signing of England under-19 captain Calum Chambers on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee. 

The Gunners could end up paying a total of £16m if Chambers goes on to become a success at the Emirates, although the initial payment is widely reported to fall between £11-12m for a player Gunners boss Arsene Wenger believes can provide genuine competition for places across a number of positions this season.

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Where will Chambers play?

Wenger and Arsenal have been pains to stress over the last 24 hours that Chambers can play in a number of positions, despite all of his 22 Premier League appearances for Southampton coming at right-back.

Chambers started his academy career as a central midfielder and has also played at centre-back for England at youth level, with Wenger eyeing his versatility as a huge plus point for a squad in need of reinforcements.

The 19-year-old has already joined his new team-mates ahead for training today ahead of a four-day pre-season camp in Austria, and used the official release announcing the deal to share his delight at following the likes of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in swapping St.Mary's for the Emirates.

Familiar exchange

Chambers said: "I am so happy to be signing for Arsenal. They are a team I have much admired for their playing style, and a team who have been one of the top sides in Europe for many years.

"I'm looking forward to joining up with my new team-mates today and beginning preparation for the season ahead.

"I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone at Southampton FC for everything they have done for me and for making this move possible."

Sliding doors

Saints fans have now been forced to swallow the exits of five first-team regulars and more could follow, but for Chambers its onwards and upwards as he firstly looks to challenge fellow new Gunners star Mathieu Debuchy for a starting berth at right-back.

Gunners fans could get their first glimpse of the promising youngster at the Emirates Cup this weekend, and with the likes of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny working their way back to fitness slowly after World Cup commitments he may well end up a centre-back sooner than expected.

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