Aston Villa defender Calum Chambers opens up about leaving Arsenal last summer. Villa is one of the few clubs that have managed to conduct their business away from the prying eyes. They signed Danny Ings out of nowhere last summer as well as Chambers this January. With just six months left on his contract, he was aware that his time at the club was coming to an end.

“It moved pretty quickly. I was at that point in my career where I wasn’t getting a chance at Arsenal and it felt like I needed to move on and have a fresh start,” Aston Villa defender Calum Chambers said. “Then in January, the opportunity came up to come to Villa, and as soon as I heard that I remember thinking: ‘Wow, what an opportunity to come to a club like this. I needed a new challenge, something fresh. This was perfect. It was a no-brainer, to be honest. As soon as I heard it, I was like: ‘Yeah, let’s get this done, let’s do this. After that, it all happened pretty quickly.”

“I’ve sort of had it drilled into me that every game is a must-win game, so you can’t get complacent. If you draw or lose a game, you’re always disappointed and that’s just now become part of me,” he added. “I think just having that sort of culture and that winning mentality all the time is only going to benefit the squad and that’s something we look to bring – to have that drive, every day wanting to improve yourself. There’s a great bunch of lads here anyway who do that every day, but it’s just getting as many players like that as you can. For me, that’s normal and that’s what I’ve been used to in my whole career at Arsenal.”

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