Chambers credits Walcott for his success.
Calum Chambers is another success to come out of Southampton’s academy after signing for Arsenal in the summer, and the defender praises Theo Walcott as his inspiration when he was a youth player with the Saints.
The 20-year-old has followed Walcott in heading to North London and in earning an international call-up with England, and it seems the winger is an important figure in his so far successful career.
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“Theo’s a top professional. I look up to him and respect him massively. He’s been really good to me as well,” Chambers said in an interview with Arsenal’s official website.
“He’s been really good to me as well. He’s been really supportive and I feel like if there’s anything I need, I can go to him and ask. He’s the kind of guy who will give you his full attention.”
“Theo is one of the most experienced players here now, and that’s something I look up to, because it’s what I want to become myself. I have huge respect for Theo as a player and a person,” the right-back continued.
Chambers also admitted that Walcott was a player that the St Mary’s coaching staff encouraged youngsters at the club to watch, and seeing the 25-year-old in action spurred him on to become a success:
“The coaches at Southampton used to encourage us to go and watch him in the first team because they saw him as someone we could aspire to be like. I used to watch him and look up to him.”