Middlesbrough loanee Calum Chambers loving life on Teesside

Tottenham's Vincent Janssen in action with Middlesbrough's Calum Chambers

The young Arsenal defender moved to the Riverside Stadium on a season-long loan deal over the summer.

Middlesbrough loanee Calum Chambers has told Middlesbrough's official club website that he is relishing the opportunity to collect valuable first-team experience at the Riverside Stadium.

Chambers joined Aitor Karanka's side on a season-long loan from Arsenal over the summer in a quest to develop his game and secure regular first-team football, with the high-flying Gunners' embarrassment of riches limiting his opportunities in North London.

The 21-year-old has proven to be a big hit during the opening months of his Boro career, featuring in all but one of the Teessiders' games since his debut against Tottenham in September and establishing himself as a key figure at the heart of Karanka's back-four.

The former Southampton academy graduate has told Boro's official website that he has been delighted with the way that things have gone since his switch to the North-East, and he feels that the stint will be invaluable to his development as a player.

“The main focus of coming here was to play centre-back and get the game time, as well as helping Boro any way I can,” Chambers said.

“For me, to get this experience will ultimately make me a better player.

“I think both the team performances and as an individual have been good, and I’m really enjoying it here.”

A major plus point for newly-promoted Boro over the opening months of the season has been the burgeoning relationship between Chambers and fellow centre-back Ben Gibson, and the on-loan Arsenal man believes that the youthful pair have forged a formidable partnership.

"I think we’ve been doing really well,” the England under-21 international said.

“We’re always talking, before and after the games, what we need to do and how we can improve.

“We’ve formed a good partnership. I think we’re playing well together and hopefully it can continue.”

Aitor Karanka's men have picked up some eye-catching results in recent weeks, holding three of last season's top four, Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester, to draws away from home, as well as dismantling an in-form Bournemouth side at the Riverside Stadium.

Next up for Boro is a home tie with relegation-threatened Hull City on Monday night, and the 15th placed Teessiders will be looking to put some daylight between themselves and the bottom three by vanquishing Mike Phelan's lowly Tigers.

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