Arsenal star reveals former Tottenham great is one of his idols

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Arsenal's Calum Chambers has said that ex-Tottenham Hotspur man Gareth Bale was one of his idols when at Southampton.

Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has named former Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale as a player he looked up to on the Gunners' official site.

Chambers was at Southampton at the same time as Bale and he says the Real Madrid winger became one of his idols as he was trying to make the grade at St. Mary's.

Chambers was just a young teen when Bale was making his first team bow for the Saints, but the Wales international provided him with the confidence that he would be able to make an impression and helped his progression as a player.

Chambers also cites current Arsenal teammates Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as two of the players that have had the biggest influence on his career so far.

"Theo [Walcott], because he was breaking into the first team when I was younger," Chambers said when asked which players he looked up to as a youngster.

"Gareth Bale was in that bracket too, and then Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came through a few years later, so the younger players at the club had a lot of players to look up to."

Chambers is likely to be a player who the current crop of Southampton hopefuls look up to, with the defender earning a lot of praise for his performances since moving to the Emirates Stadium.

Most observers expected the England international to play a peripheral role for Arsenal in his first season in north London, but he has been exposed to regular game time.

The 20-year-old has made 30 appearances for the Gunners so far and that total looks set to increase considerably as the season progresses.

It is further evidence of Southampton's ability to produce world-class talent that can represent some of Europe's biggest teams.

Bale, Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain are just a few of the players who have developed at Southampton before becoming world-stars and with their current side performing so well, it seems that it won't be long before more Saints stars are making big impressions for club and country.

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