Fulham Sign Chambers From Arsenal On Season-Long Loan

Brighton’s English striker Glenn Murray (2nd R) heads home their second goal as Arsenal’s German defender Shkodran Mustafi (L) and Arsenal’s English defender Calum Chambers (R) try to defend during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on March 4, 2018. Glyn KIRK / AFP

 

Newly-promoted Premier League side Fulham have signed Arsenal defender Calum Chambers on a season-long loan, the west London club announced on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old, who signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal last month, joins Fulham just four days before their Premier League season-opener against Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage.

“I’m really excited. I watched a lot of Fulham last season, I really like the way they play football, there’s a good manager, it’s a great club, so I’m really excited for the season ahead,” said Chambers.

Slavisa Jokanovic’s men were promoted with a 1-0 playoff victory over Aston Villa in May, after a late-season charge just failed to secure a top-two finish in the Championship.

Chambers, who has won three caps for England and can play either at right-back, centre-back or in midfield, previously spent a spell on loan with Middlesbrough during the 2016-17 season.

“Everyone can see that Fulham’s a club that likes to play football, play football from the back, through the lines,” he added. “That’s the style of football I like as well, so I think it fits me and suits the way I play.”

Chambers had stated his ambition to fight for a first-team place at the Emirates Stadium under new Arsenal coach Unai Emery.

But with Laurent Koscielny, new signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi and youngster Dinos Mavropanos all providing healthy competition, the former Southampton player has had to make the short trip to Fulham in search of regular playing time.

He is likely to resume his former England Under-21 partnership with Alfie Mawson in the heart of the defence, after the 24-year-old signed from Swansea last week.

Serbia striker Aleksdandr Mitrovic, goalkeeper Fabri, German World Cup-winner Andre Schurrle and former Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri have all also joined Fulham in the close season.

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Premier League: Arsenal, Tottenham Triumph In Top Four Clashes

Premier LeagueIt was a dramatic win for Tottenham and Arsenal in the English Premier League on Sunday with both sides waiting till the last minute to secure victories.

Christian Eriksen struck in the 83rd minute to give Spurs a 2-1 win over Manchester City.

Harry Kane had fired home from the spot while Kelechi Iheanacho levelled the score line at 1-1

For Arsenal, Danny Welbeck scored the winner four minutes into injury time to beat Leicester City 2-1.

Jamie Vardy gave the Foxes the lead on the stroke of half-time from the penalty spot before substitute Theo Walcott put the Gunners back in contention.

The win leaves Arsenal on 51 points levelled with Spurs who are second based on goal difference. Leicester City still lead with 53 points while Manchester City remain fourth with 47 points.

Also on Sunday, Liverpool trashed bottom club Aston Villa 6-0 at Villa Park with Daniel Sturridge marking his return to the Liverpool starting line-up with the opening goal.

Other Results

Other Matchday 26 pairings had been decided on Saturday.

AFC Bournemouth 1 – 3 Stoke City FCStoke City
Chelsea FC 5 – 1 Newcastle United
Crystal Palace 1 – 2 Watford
Everton 0 – 1 West Bromwich Albion
Norwich City 2 – 2 West Ham United
Sunderland 2 – 1 Manchester United
Swansea City 0 – 1 Southampton

 

EPL: Arsenal Beat Leicester City 2-1 At Emirates

ArsenalArsenal have defeated current leader of the English Premier League table, Leicester City 2-1 on a dramatic afternoon at the Emirates Stadium.

The atmosphere on Valentines Day was electrifying from the kick-off as the Gunners had a fast start, creating two good opportunities in the opening two minutes.

Referee Martin Atkinson had overlooked a foul by Mesut Ozil but did not hesitate to award a penalty to City as Jarmie Vardy was tripped by Nacho Monreal in the box.

Vardy himself stepped up and slammed his spot kick past Petr Cech to open the scoring which lasted till the end of the first half.

Arsenal were forced into a change at half time as Calum Chambers came on to replace Laurent Koscielny, who had suffered a dead leg.

From the 53rd minute, however, Arsene Wenger’s boys played with an extra man after Danny Simpson was dismissed for two bookable offences.

Substitute Theo Walcott scored the equaliser with 20 minutes remaining, latching onto Olivier Giroud’s knockdown.

Danny Welbeck subsequently scored a last-minute winner to set Arsenal two points off the pace with 12 games remaining.

FA Cup: Chelsea Face Manchester City In Fifth Round

FA CupChelsea have been handed the toughest of fixtures in the English FA Cup fifth round.

The English Premier League defending champions, will face Manchester City after thrashing championship side Milton Keynes dons 5-1 away to advance.

A first half hat-trick by Brazilian Oscar put Chelsea in control by halftime.

Eden hazard, who had not scored for 30 matches, made it 4-1 from the penalty spot after 55 minutes before substitute Bertrand Traore, who had been on the pitch five minutes, scored his first goal for Chelsea to make it 5-1 in the 62nd.

FA Cup Defending Champions, Arsenal will take on Hull City in a repeat of the 2014 final.

Arsenal and Hull meet for the third year running, with the Gunners having eliminated the Tigers with a 2-0 win in the third round in 2015.

The fifth round ties will be played on the weekend of February 19-22.

Full FA Cup fifth-round draw

Chelsea v Manchester City

Reading v West Brom or Peterborough

Watford v Leeds United

Shrewsbury Town v Manchester United

Blackburn v Liverpool or West Ham

Tottenham v Crystal Palace

Arsenal v Hull

Bournemouth v Everton

FA Cup: Arsenal, Spurs, Man City Through To 5th Round

fa cupArsenal scored two fine goals to secure their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup at the expense of a hard-working Burnley side.

The first, from Calum Chambers, saw the right back arrow a curling shot into the top corner, before the visitors equalised through Sam Vokes.

Alexis Sanchez re-established the lead in the second half when he got on the end of a sweeping counter-attack and that was enough to see off the Clarets.

A brace from Nacer Chadli helped Tottenham to comfortably beat League One side Colchester United 4-1.

Nigerian striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, scored a hat trick to help Manchester City to a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa.

Manchester City’s hat-trick hero said after the match “I’m so happy and grateful to score a hat-trick today. I took my time with the third goal, I let the keeper show me where he was going and I put it to his left. It’s a great feeling to score my first hat-trick. I hope there’s more to come.”

Manchester United had on Friday defeated Derby County 3-1 to relieve the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal.

Leeds United, Hull City, Crystal Palace, Watford, Blackburn, Bournemouth, Reading and Shrewsbury all secured victories on Saturday to make into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

West Brom and Peterborough will go to a replay after playing out a 2-2 draw.

Wenger Confirms Mertesacker, Koscielny’s Absence Against Newcastle

wengerArsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, says first-choice central defensive pair, Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny remain doubtful for the Gunners’ trip to Newcastle on Saturday.

Illness and a back inujry prevented the pair from playing in Monday’s goalless draw against Liverpool, with Callum Chambers and Gabriel Paulista filling in for the absent duo.

The gunners have picked just four points from their opening three Premier League games, and Wenger put the club’s slow start down to a lack of match fitness.

Arsenal have won seven in a row against Newcastle United and Wenger is confident his side can overcome what he expects to be a tough match to improve the streak to eight.

Wenger Hails Santi Cazorla’s 2014/15 Performance For Arsenal

WengerArsène Wenger has hailed Santi Cazorla for producing an “absolutely top” 2014/15 season.

The Spain midfielder made 53 appearances over the course of the campaign, and particularly excelled after moving into a deeper-lying central position at the turn of the year.

Those performances pleased the Arsenal manager, who feels Cazorla’s ability to “make the others around him good” is his biggest asset.

“Santi Cazorla played over 50 games and from the start to the finish he was absolutely top,” the Arsenal boss said. “But everybody has been great.

“Maybe with the quality and the consistency included from start to finish, it’s Cazorla (who has stood out the most).

“He had a few games where he was unplayable. I do not look too much at his individual brilliance.

“He makes the others around him good and that’s an outstanding quality for a midfielder.”

Wenger is happy with the way in which his new players adapted to English football and was also impressed by Francis Coquelin’s emergence.

“He (Coquelin) is the most unexpected player who has made it from January onwards,” Wenger said. “I don’t think I exaggerate if I say that he convinced everybody. He has played a huge part and contributed very well.

“We bought well. I believe Gabriel will be a revelation. I am convinced he will be a top player and we’ll see more of him next season.

“As well, I don’t like to forget players like Calum Chambers, who had a very good start to the season and who will come back to a very good level.

“We now have players back who were out for a year, like Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry. We have a big squad.”

Calum Chambers Called Into England Squad

Calum ChambersArsenal defender, Calum Chambers, has been called up to the senior side from the U21’s after Everton defender, John Stones suffered an ankle injury in the Toffees’ 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.

England manager, Roy Hodgson, had earlier told the BBC when announcing the squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, “Calum would be the next one to come in but at the moment is ‘loaned out’ to the Under-21s.”

However, the news of Stone’s injury on a day Chambers experienced a tough afternoon in Arsenal’s defence against Chelsea meant Hogson would invite the “loaned out” Calum ahead of time.

According to the statement which appeared on the English FA website on Sunday evening, “Following John Stones’ injury on Sunday afternoon, the Everton defender will not report to St. George’s Park for England duty on Monday.

England manager Roy Hodgson has subsequently called up Calum Chambers, who was previously due to report to the Under 21s squad.

Chambers will now be part of the senior squad for the Euro 2016 qualifying double header against San Marino and Estonia.

England Under-21s manager, Gareth Southgate, is not calling any further players into his squad to face Croatia in their Euro 2015 play-off.”

The new Arsenal signing has enjoyed a good start to his Gunners career after moving from Southampton in the summer. A versatile player who can play as a centre back of right sided full-back, Chambers has adjusted well to life at a top Premier League club.

Debuchy Undergoes Surgery To Left Ankle

DebuchyArsène Wenger has confirmed that Mathieu Debuchy has had surgery on his left ankle and will be out for approximately three months.

The France international sustained the injury after falling awkwardly during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City at Emirates Stadium.

Once the injury had an initial period to settle, an assessment with a specialist on Friday confirmed the need for an operation and the 29-year-old was treated straight away.

He has had surgery and will be out for three months,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “A reasonable delay is three months.

It all went well, but it can be a week or two earlier or a week or two later, but it will be around three months.

It is a blow of course, how big it will be we will only know afterwards because it will be down to how well we replace him. We bought [Calum] Chambers for that.”

Debuchy is often deployed in the right back position, but began his career playing as a midfielder usually acting as a deep-lying playmaker.

He spent nine-and-a-half seasons at Lille, including a Ligue 1 and Coupe de France double in 2010–11. He joined Newcastle United in January 2013, and was signed by Arsenal in July 2014.

Debuchy made his debut for the France national football team in 2011 and has since earned over 25 caps, playing at UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.