Ronald Koeman has revealed that he advised Calum Chambers to reject a move to Arsenal and stay at St. Mary’s.
The Southampton manager believed that the young England defender was not quite ready for the move to London and if he remained with the Saints he would get more playing time.
Of course, he was probably right about the playing time back in the summer as I don’t think anyone expected to see Chambers as much as we have this season, injuries forcing Arsene Wenger’s hand.
It’s telling that Chambers has only started two of Arsenal’s games in 2015 as Wenger finally finds himself with other defenders to choose from, allowing him to rest Chambers and not tire out his 19-year-old legs.
Appearing for Arsenal 19 times this season in the league, his eight yellows and one red demonstrate a player certainly still learning his trade.
“I said to Chambers: ‘Really, I don’t think it’s a good moment to change and to go to Arsenal because I think you need to develop yourself much more.
“Normally, you will play here much more than you will play at Arsenal, but finally it’s always the decision of the player.”
Chambers is unlikely to feature against Monaco in the Champions League if Hector Bellerin is able to overcome his ankle problem in time.