by Nia Griffiths

Calum Chambers has been speaking about his admiration for Arsene Wenger, as well as the other coaches for helping him reach the level he’s at.

It’s always nice to see a player specifically thanking the backroom staff and the manager. It shows that they’re still humble and they understand that just because they may be the face of a certain brand, in his case Arsenal, they’re not the person solely responsible for success.

“In a short space of time I think I have grown massively. I have exceeded my expectations of what I thought I would achieve this season,” Chambers said. “I can only thank the coaches and the players for helping me do that and I just want to keep going, keep improving day by day to become the best player that I can be and be proud of myself.”

He continued, “Playing for Arsenal is an achievement and so is playing in the Champions League and for England. I am really proud of myself and equally I want to go further and become the best player I can at Arsenal. I won’t stop working until I get there.”

He went on to hail Wenger for his continued support and for giving him the opportunity to play for a team like Arsenal, saying, “He has been fantastic to me, really supportive and he has given me a opportunity to play. I am very grateful for what he has done. Everyone has expectations on things but for me he has exceeded all expectations of what I had.

“I can’t thank him enough. I think he is very thoughtful in everything he does and you know he gives everyone a chance and gets the best out of all the players, which is a very good quality as well.”

Before joining Arsenal, Chambers only featured 25 times for Southampton – a relatively small amount. It’s clear that Wenger saw something in him early on in just these few matches and many Saints fans were gutted at the loss of the 20-year-old.

I’m sure the boss will continue to support the youngster and give him the opportunities he needs to excel at Arsenal.