Report: Arsenal first-team candidate Calum Chambers to reject Southampton loan spell

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Arsenal’s Calum Chambers has been linked with a return to Southampton on loan.

According to a report in The Sun, Arsenal star Calum Chambers is set to turn down a loan proposal from former club Southampton as he wishes to further his development at the Emirates Stadium.

The 20-year-old versatile defender joined the Gunners last summer for £16 million, trading the South Coast for North London after coming through the Saints’ academy.

Last season, Chambers made a total of 23 Premier League appearances, benefiting from the injuries to Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny in order to gain valuable first-team experience.

However, now the duo are fully recovered and fellow teammates Hector Bellerin and Gabriel Paulista are in the reckoning for a first-team spot, Chambers could suffer from heavy competition for places.

Nonetheless, fresh reports in The Sun state that the youngster is set to turn his back on the opportunity to return to the Saints on loan, instead opting to further his development with the Gunners.

Should Calum Chambers head back to Southampton?

Following Nathaniel Clyne’s Liverpool move and Toby Alderweireld's Tottenham switch, the Saints could be in the market for another defender - even after signing Cedric and Cuco Martina - and Chambers represents an ideal candidate, given his links to the club.

The full England international is built to be a centre-back, and a move back to St Mary’s could be seen as a fantastic opportunity in his quest to gain valuable first-team football in his strongest position.

However, with plenty of domestic league and cup games on offer plus Champions League football, Chambers will get chances to play at Arsenal and he may feel performing under the watchful eye of boss Arsene Wenger is the best course of action.

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