Calum Chambers ready to reject Southampton return - round-up

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Arsenal defender Calum Chambers is set to reject the chance to rejoin his former club Southampton on a season-long loan deal, reports The Sun.

Ronald Koeman had made Chambers his No.1 target to replace Nathaniel Clyne, who joined Liverpool earlier this summer, and had hope of agreeing a loan deal.

The chance to return to the familiar surroundings of St Mary's and the promise of first-team football was thought to be enough to convince the 20-year-old, but Southampton look set to fail in this pursuit.


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Despite falling behind Hector Bellerin in the pecking order at the Emirates, Chambers will turn down the Saints in preference of continuing his development under the watchful eye of Arsene Wenger.

The defender was thrown into a baptism of fire when he first arrived in north London for £16m, covering for the injured Laurent Koscielny to eventually play 32 games in all competitions as well making his senior England debut.

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Wenger is believed to see him as a long-term replacement to Per Mertesacker, but the German centre-back is still going strong ahead of next season so playing time could remain hard to come by.

However, the training facilities on offer at Arsenal's London Colney centre seem more than enough to convince Chambers that staying is the best option for his career.

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One name that won't go away for Arsenal fans is that of Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentinian striker may or may not be a target for Wenger this summer as the Frenchman mulls over the efficacy of current frontman Olivier Giroud.

Napoli's president Aurelio De Laurentiis has made sure Higuain's name remains on the back pages after admitting that he hopes to sell the 27-year-old this summer, but only if his €90m release clause is met.

"Sell Higuain? I wish I could sell him!” he told reporters. "With €90m I could buy eight players for the club!”


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Squad numbers are big news today. We're not sure why. You're the ones who read them. So it is only fitting that we finish off this round-up with the biggest news of the weekend, Petr Cech's big announcement.

The Czech Republic international is widely expected to be the first-choice goalkeeper at the Emirates next season, but he won't be No.1. He's chosen the iconic number 33.

The reason? He attempted to explain in his tweet.


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