MX23RW : Friday, March 5 11:02:02| >> :120:4520:4520:

Mikel Arteta: 'Arsenal have no plans to loan out Calum Chambers'

Mikel Arteta: 'Arsenal have no plans to loan out Calum Chambers'
© Reuters
The defender has struggled for playing time since working his way back from a serious knee injury.

Calum Chambers will be hoping for a rare start for Arsenal at Southampton on Saturday as manager Mikel Arteta revealed there are no plans to loan out the defender this month.

The 26-year-old suffered a serious knee injury soon after Arteta's appointment in December 2019, but since working his way back to fitness has found first-team opportunities hard to come by.

He has started just once for Arsenal this season and that was a dead-rubber Europa League fixture against Dundalk.

The number of defensive options available to Arteta at the start of the campaign was always going to present a problem for Chambers to come back in and hold down a place.

Calum Chambers was a shining light in the Fulham side relegated from the Premier League in 2019.
Calum Chambers was a shining light in the Fulham side relegated from the Premier League in 2019. (Adam Davy/PA)

Having previously been loaned out to Middlesbrough and Fulham, Arteta – who also played alongside Chambers at Arsenal – has suggested he wants to keep the three-cap England international at the Emirates Stadium.

"I don't think that is going to happen," he replied, when asked if Chambers would be loaned out.

"I am really happy with Calum. He has gone through a really difficult period. He has worked so hard.

"He has looked really good in the last few weeks in training. He is not even thinking about his knee right now. We want to give him minutes when we can because he is a player that we believe in."

Calum Chambers came through the ranks at Southampton before joining Arsenal.
Calum Chambers came through the ranks at Southampton before joining Arsenal. (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Arteta is likely to rotate his side at St Mary's as he then takes Arsenal back for a Premier League clash with Saints on Tuesday night.

That could also mean a chance for another former Southampton man to feature, with Cedric Soares having impressed as Hector Bellerin's deputy at right-back in recent weeks.

"When he joined us he had various injuries and some difficult times," Arteta said when asked about the Portugal international, who joined last January.

"It took him a little bit of time to adapt and get completely free and now earn the chances to play. The best thing with Cedric is the way he takes his profession, the way he trains, the way he prepares himself.

"When I see someone behaving like he has done and training like he has done, all the time trying to help but accepting my decision – which is tough for him – but at the end, challenging in a way where he is all the time competing in training. And when he has the chance to play he does it well and all the time asking for reasons why he's not playing and what he has to do better. I just want to reward this kind of behaviour and player and Cedric has done that for sure."

New signing Mat Ryan could also feature on the south coast, the Australia international goalkeeper completing his loan move from Brighton in time to be considered for the game.

ID:431661:cQx:QQ:

Click here for more stories about Calum Chambers

Click here for more stories about Arsenal

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard pictured in action against Real Sociedad in La Liga on September 20, 2020
Read Next:
Arsenal to win race for Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard?
>
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27205256173965
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd27149453322151
3Leicester CityLeicester27155746311550
4Chelsea27138642251747
5Everton2614483933646
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham2613674031945
7Liverpool27127847351243
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs26126842271542
9Aston Villa251231038271139
10Arsenal26114113427737
11Leeds UnitedLeeds26112134344-135
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2797112837-934
13Crystal Palace2797112943-1434
14Southampton2686123144-1330
15Burnley2778121935-1629
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton26511102633-726
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2675142744-1726
18Fulham27411122133-1223
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2738162056-3617
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2742211643-2714

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!