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Aston Villa announce shock signing of Calum Chambers from Arsenal for undisclosed fee


Calum Chambers has signed for Aston Villa in a shock transfer from Arsenal.

The under-the-radar three-and-a-half-year deal was announced on Thursday night, taking many supporters by surprise.

Chambers has signed for an undisclosed fee

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Chambers has signed for an undisclosed fee

Villa’s confirmation of the transfer came completely out of the blue and is reminiscent of their acquisition of Danny Ings last summer.

Chambers had been at Arsenal since 2014, but spent the 2018/19 season on loan at Fulham before a mixture of injury problems and bad form saw him fall out of favour.

The defender became a forgotten man at the Emirates following a year out due to an ACL injury suffered against Chelsea in late 2019.

He returned to the Arsenal side last year, but will now move on to Villa.

The transfer is a three-and-a-half-year deal

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The transfer is a three-and-a-half-year deal

Villa’s statement read: “Aston Villa is delighted to announce the signing of Calum Chambers from Arsenal.

“The versatile defender, who can operate at both centre-back and right-back, has agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal.

“Chambers graduated into the first team from the academy at Southampton before earning a move to Arsenal in 2014.

“He has also enjoyed loan stints at Middlesbrough and Fulham.

“Capped by England, the 27-year-old has made five appearances for the Gunners this season. Welcome, Calum!”

Chambers was an Arsenal man from 2014-2022

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Chambers was an Arsenal man from 2014-2022

Adding to the announcement, Arsenal made a statement of their own.

It read: “Calum Chambers has joined Aston Villa in a permanent transfer for an undisclosed fee.

“Joining us from Southampton in July 2014 as a 19-year-old, Calum soon became a full England international, having previously starred for the Under-21s.

“The defender made 122 appearances in all competitions during his time with us, winning both the FA Community Shield on his debut in August 2014 and the Emirates FA Cup in 2015. 

“Calum also enjoyed two loan spells during his time as a Gunner, at Middlesbrough in 2016/17 and at Fulham in 2018/19, where he won their Player of the Season award for his excellent performances in a defensive midfield role.

“We wish Calum all the best for the next chapter in his career and thank him for his contribution to Arsenal over the past eight seasons.

“The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.”

Chambers’ arrival follows those of Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Digne, Robin Olsen and Kerr Smith as Steven Gerrard reshapes his squad

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Chambers’ arrival follows those of Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Digne, Robin Olsen and Kerr Smith as Steven Gerrard reshapes his squad

“It’s a massive club and they’re in a great moment at this moment in time,” Chambers said on the club website.

“It’s a very exciting place to be and everyone can see that from the outside. Things are happening here and it’s definitely moving in the right direction.

“For me, it was a no-brainer to join a great club. It was the right thing for me to do.”

Villa have moved up to 11th in the Premier League table since the arrival of Steven Gerrard, who has won five of his 11 games in charge.

“The manager did very well at Rangers,” Chambers added. “He’s a young, exciting manager and I can’t wait to work with him.

“It’s a great stage to be joining the club at. The club’s building momentum and it’s an exciting time to be here.”

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