Arsenal newbie backs Southampton to survive exodus

Callum Chambers has backed former club Southampton to bounce back from their recent transfer set-backs following his move to Arsenal.

The 19-year-old defender became the fifth player to leave St Mary’s Stadium this summer as he completed a £16m switch to the Gunners last week, following club captain Adam Lallana, top scorer Rickie Lambert, defensive star Dejan Lovren and fellow teenage prodigy Luke Shaw.

The Saints have long been palsied for their academy set-up with Gareth Bale – the most expensive footballer on the planet – having originated from the Hampshire outfit’s ranks, while now Arsenal stars Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also players to have rolled off of the conveyor belt of talent on the South Coast.

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With the bulk of the team that did so well last season having gone there is a feeling of pessimism surrounding Southampton at the moment, but Chambers feels that his old side will recover and produce even more top class stars:

“They have a great youth system, they’ll produce more players,” he is quoted by The Independent.

Chambers went on to say that, despite his young age, he feels ready to be at a big club like Arsenal:

“It has been a bit of a whirlwind for me. From under-21s to first-team football is such a big step. I think it is more mentally than physically challenging.

“I have managed to keep my feet on the ground and worked hard.

“Every experience I got was such a good feeling to go out there and play against players of such quality. I just want to keep doing it more and more.”

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