by Lee Hurley

Calum Chambers has had the first shirts he wore with Arsenal, Southampton and England framed as a constant reminder of some of the proudest moments of his career.

Signing for Arsenal last summer, the 20-year-old was thrown in at the deep end due to injury problems at the club after first appearing for the Gunners against Benfica in the Emirates Cup. His competitive debut followed a week later when he played the full 90 minutes against Man City in the Community Shield as a centreback in Per Mertesacker’s absence.

SINGAPORE - JULY 14: Calum Chambers of Arsenal poses for photographs with fans during the Arsenal FC open training ahead of the match between Arsenal and Singapore during the 2015 Barclays Asia Trophy Tournament at the Sports Hub National Stadium on July 14, 2015 in Singapore. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE – JULY 14: Calum Chambers of Arsenal poses for photographs with fans during the Arsenal FC open training ahead of the match between Arsenal and Singapore during the 2015 Barclays Asia Trophy Tournament at the Sports Hub National Stadium on July 14, 2015 in Singapore. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

Calum made his debut for Southampton when he was just 17, coming on as a sub in the 84th minute against Stevenage in the League Cup with his league debut following almost exactly one year later against West Brom.

His England debut came on 3rd November 2014 when he played nine minutes against Norway, replacing John Stones.

It is expected that Chambers will have a much calmer second season at Arsenal…injuries allowing, of course.

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