Late on Friday Arsenal fans were hit by a bit of a surprise with the news that Calum Chambers was set to sign a new four-year deal with the club.
It came as a surprise to many for two reasons:
- Many fans expected him to leave the club, with newly promoted Fulham “extremely interested”.
- He only actually signed a new 2-year extension in October 2017.
That new 2-year deal was more seen at the time as Arsenal protecting their investment, rather than because they wanted to keep the player until 2021.
At the time he had just 18 months left on his contract, meaning Arsenal would have had to sell him on the cheap this summer. The new deal meant that come this summer, he would still have 3 years remaining and Arsenal could turn a profit on the player.
In the back end of last season, Chambers showed good form as he was bought into the Arsenal first team as players were rested for the Europa League.
It seems this form impressed incoming manager Unai Emery, who sanctioned the new deal taking him through to 2022.
Emery reportedly has high hopes for the Englishman, who is still just 23, and hopes that he will be competing alongside Shkdoran Mustafi and incoming new boy Sokratis next season.
What the new deal does mean, however, is it is unlikely that Arsenal will pursue either Caglar Soyuncu or Benjamin Pavard.
Both of these will be put on the back burner for 12 months as Emery gives Mustafi the chance to imrpvoe under his defensive coaching, and sees the progression of Chambers and Rob Holding – who signed a new deal last summer.