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Liverpool - The Reds Project

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Liverpool Confirm First Summer Signing

Liverpool have announced their first signing of the summer transfer window, with Belgium International Dries Mertens joining the Merseyside club from Italian side Napoli for a fee of £12 million pounds.

As a schoolboy Mertens was picked up by the Belgian youth academy of Anderlecht. He never reached the first team and moved to Gent. After playing in the youth department and the reserves of Gent, he was promoted to the first team. He was subsequently signed on loan with third-class Eendracht Aalst, where he was awarded the fans' "Man of the Season". He later moved across the northern border, to play for the Dutch club AGOVV Apeldoorn.

He became one of the most important players in the Dutch second division team and became the captain at AGOVV. After the 2008–09 season, Mertens won "De Gouden Stier", an award given to the Jupiler League's greatest talent. On 25 May 2009, he announced his leaving and soon after, he signed with FC Utrecht. On 28 June 2011, it was announced that Mertens was transferred to Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven in a duo-transfer with FC Utrecht teammate Kevin Strootman for a combined total of 13 million euros.

Mertens scored his first hat-trick for PSV on 28 August 2011 against Excelsior. He continued his strong performance throughout the early stages of the season, culminating with a four goal performance in a sensational 7–1 rout of Roda JC on 24 September 2011. In his first season at PSV, Mertens scored 21 goals in 33 matches. In four KNVB Beker matches, he added three goals; including a header in the final at de Kuip in Rotterdam, leading PSV to a 3–0 win over Heracles Almelo. On 30 September 2012, Mertens and debutant Jürgen Locadia scored hat-tricks as PSV defeated VVV Venlo 6–0. On 2 February 2013, Mertens scored two goals from outside the area as PSV thrashed ADO Den Haag 7–0.

On 16 June 2013, Mertens's agent Søren Lerby confirmed that the player had agreed to move to Napoli. Mertens became Rafael Benítez's first signing as Napoli coach after a reported fee of €9.5 million was agreed with PSV. He made his Serie A debut on 25 August 2013, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 3–0 win over Bologna. His first goal for Napoli came on 30 October, netting the winner in a 2–1 away victory over Fiorentina. In Napoli's first game following the Serie A winter break on 6 January 2014, Mertens scored twice in the second-half to lead Napoli to a 2–0 win over Sampdoria. Mertens scored Napoli's second goal in their 2–0 win over Juventus on 30 March, helping inflict only the second league defeat over the league leaders. In the final of the Coppa Italia on 3 May 2014, Mertens replaced Marek Hamšík in the 64th minute and went on to score in stoppage time, securing a 3–1 win over Fiorentina.

On 1 October 2010, Mertens was called up for the Euro 2012 Qualifying Matches against Kazakhstan and Austria by Belgian national team coach, Georges Leekens. He finally made his debut in the friendly match against Finland on 9 February 2011 in Ghent. On 15 August 2012, Mertens was vital in the 125th Derby der Lage Landen (Low Countries derby), when, after coming in as substitute, he scored once himself and assisted twice, turning a 1–2 deficit versus Netherlands into a 4–2 win for Belgium, in the prelude to the 2014 World Cup 2014 campaign.

On 13 May 2014, he was named in Belgium's squad for the 2014 World Cup. In Belgium's final warm-up match for the tournament on 7 June, Mertens scored a late winner to secure the Red Devils a 1–0 victory over Tunisia. In their first game of the tournament, against Algeria in Belo Horizonte, Mertens replaced Nacer Chadli at half time with Belgium 1–0 down, and scored the winner with ten minutes to go. He was then named in the starting line-up for the second match against Russia on 22 June.

Liverpool Announce Swansea Link

Following the termination of the affiliation links between Accrington Stanley and Shivajians Football Club, Liverpool Football Club have announced today that they have agreed an affiliation deal with recently relegated side Swansea, who now find themselves in the Sky Bet Championship after a disappointing season with Garry Monk.

With this affiliation deal, Liverpool will be able to send players out on loan to Swansea City. During the loan spell the player's wage will be paid in full by Liverpool. Swansea City will have no obligation to play this specific player, and he may be recalled by Liverpool at a time that they deemed appropriate.

Swansea will host an annual friendly between the two clubs with all gate receipts kept by Swansea. Liverpool will be under no obligations to field a full-strength side during the friendly.

Finally, Liverpool will pay Swansea an annual fee of £117K.

The deal was created by Liverpool Chairman Thomas Werner and Swansea City Chairman Huw Jenkins.

Liverpool Agree Deal for Spain International

Liverpool Football Club have announced today that former Spain Under-21s International Asier Illarramendi will be joining the club on a permanent basis from La Liga giants Real Madrid for a fee of £11 million pounds, effective immediately.

A product of local Real Sociedad's youth system, Illarramendi was born in Mutriku, Gipuzkoa, and he spent the vast majority of his first four senior seasons with the B-team, contributing with 27 games and two goals in 2009–10 as the Basque returned to Segunda División B after one year out. On 19 June 2010, in the last day of the Segunda División campaign, as the first team had already sealed its promotion to La Liga as champions, he made his first official appearance, in a 1–4 away loss against Elche CF. On 23 January 2011 Illarramendi made his top division debut, in a 1–2 loss at Villarreal CF.

The following month, he first appeared as a starter playing the full 90 minutes in another away defeat (1–4 against RCD Espanyol); the bulk of the season was spent, however, with the reserves in level three. Illarramendi started in all of his 32 league appearances in the 2012–13 season, as Real Sociedad finished fourth and qualified to the UEFA Champions League for the first time in ten years.

On 12 July 2013, Illarramendi signed a six-year contract with giants Real Madrid for a fee of €32.2 million, the highest amount paid by the club for a Spanish player. He made his official debut on 14 September by starting in a 2–2 away draw against Villarreal, and scored his first goal on 18 December in a 2–0 home win over CD Olímpic de Xàtiva for the season's Copa del Rey (also the aggregate score). Illarramendi netted his first league goal for the Merengues on 22 February 2014, after his long-range effort against Elche was deflected and the hosts won it 3–0. His second came on 5 April, as he scored the first in an eventual 4–0 success at former team Real Sociedad in the 44th minute.

Illarramendi helped Spain reach the final of the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, featuring in all games but one. He missed one of the penalties in the final shootout, which allowed Nigeria to lift the trophy. Illarramendi gained 16 caps for the under-21 team in two years. He represented it at the 2013 UEFA European Championship in Israel, being first-choice as the nation won the competition and being selected in the team of the tournament.

Liverpool Announce 2015/16 Kits

In the wake of two new signings in Dries Mertens and Asier Illarrmendi, Liverpool Football Club is proud to present their new football kits for the 2015/16 Premier League season.

The three kits were modeled at a live press event outside Anfield this afternoon, with the models being Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and new signing Dries Mertens. The kits are based off of the retro football kit worn by Liverpool Football Club during the 1983/84 season, but have been remade with a modern twist and vibe to them. All three kits are modelled after this design, with the signature red with white stripes being the home kit, whilst the away kit is white with red stripes and the third kit is black with red stripes.

The new kits, a huge thanks to Tallery for designing them.

Liverpool's First Casualties

As the transfer window begins, Liverpool have started with the arrival of two people and the departure of three, namely Brad Jones, Kolo Toure and Lucas Leiva.

Brad Jones joins the unemployed list after deciding to run down his contract with Liverpool Football Club after not being offered a new deal by the club's manager, Robbie Fowler. Jones joined Liverpool in a deal worth £2,300,000 in 2010. He qualifies as a "home-grown" player under the new Premier League rules. On 19 August, Jones watched Liverpool's UEFA Europa League play-off 1st leg tie at Anfield from the directors' box, along with captain Steven Gerrard, Emiliano Insúa, Alberto Aquilani and Dirk Kuyt. He was handed the number 1 shirt after goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri left the club on 23 August, ahead of Liverpool's clash with Manchester City. Jones made his unofficial debut in Jamie Carragher's testimonial against an Everton XI and impressed with a string of saves.

Jones made his debut for Liverpool in the League Cup 3rd Round tie against Northampton Town on 23 September 2010. The game ended 2–2 after extra time before Liverpool lost on penalties. A couple of weeks later, Jones injured his shoulder in training and was be out for up to a month. Reserve goalkeeper Martin Hansen took his place on the bench until Jones was back fit as Liverpool's other backup goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi was on loan at nearby club Tranmere Rovers. He made his second start for the club on 15 December 2010 in a Europa League game against Utrecht, getting his first clean sheet for the Reds and becoming the first player to wear a snood in a competitive fixture. Unfortunately for Jones this was to be his last game of the 2010–11 season.

Another player that has decided to leave on a free is Kolo Toure, the brother of Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure. On 28 May 2013, Liverpool announced that an agreement had been reached in principle to sign Touré on a free transfer from Manchester City. On 2 July he was unveiled as Liverpool's first signing of the window and was handed the number 4 shirt. He signed a two-year contract. On 13 July 2013, he made his debut for Liverpool in a 4–0 win in a preseason friendly over Preston North End. He made his Premier League debut for Liverpool on 17 August 2013 in a 1-0 victory over Stoke City at Anfield. On 2 February 2014, in a match against West Bromwich Albion he made a costly mistake, passing the ball straight to Victor Anichebe, who scored an equaliser. On 12 February 2014, he scored an own-goal in a match against Fulham, which eventually Liverpool won thanks to a late penalty from skipper Steven Gerrard.

The final player to be leaving Liverpool for the moment is Brazilian defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva, who has joined La Liga giants Real Madrid for a fee of £12 million pounds. On 26 July 2007, he was officially unveiled as a Liverpool player for a fee of £5 million and was given international clearance to compete in the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy. By late November, manager Benítez gave Lucas his chance to start a game in the Liverpool midfield, after easing him in during his first few months at the club. Lucas scored his first goal for Liverpool on 27 January 2008 when he curled a 25-yard shot into the top corner during an FA Cup match against Havant and Waterlooville, becoming the first Brazilian to score for Liverpool.

Liverpool Bolster Strikeforce With Ivorian Striker

Following their relegation to the Sky Bet Championship, Swansea City knew that many of their star players would be leaving them to seek better playing fields. Well, that is true for Ivorian Striker Wilfried Bony, who will be joining Liverpool for a fee of £9.5 million pounds. This deals comes rather recently after Liverpool agreed an affiliation deal with Swansea City, but Liverpool Manager Robbie Fowler has said that the deals were not connected.

Bony was born in Bingerville and was raised first in the city of Tebrau Plateau, and then in Abobo PK18. He played street football from a young age, in the Brazilian style of "Maracana". He also participated in many interschool and city cups, before spending three years at the Cyrille Domoraud Academy in Bingerville. Bony started his professional career at Issia Wazi in the Côte d'Ivoire Premier Division.

Bony went on trial at Premier League club Liverpool in 2007 but was not offered a contract, and in October 2007, Bony joined Czech club Sparta Prague on a loan deal where he immediately started playing for the reserve team. Bony won the Bohemian Football League championship with Sparta Prague B. Bony then joined the club on a permanent basis and broke into the first team in the 2008–09 season, scoring three goals in 16 appearances. In 2009–10, he scored nine times as Sparta won the Czech First League title. After scoring 17 goals during the first half of the 2010–11 season, including five goals in six appearances in the UEFA Europa League, Bony was signed by Dutch Eredivisie club Vitesse of Arnhem in January 2011.

Bony signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Vitesse and scored on his debut in a 2–0 derby win over De Graafschap on 20 February. In his first full season with Vitesse, Bony netted on twelve occasions in the Eredivisie, earning the top goalscoring honors for the club and was tied for tenth highest scorer in the league. In February 2012, Bony signed a contract extension, keeping him until 2015, ending transfer speculation. Bony made his first appearance of the 2012–13 Eredivisie campaign for Vitesse on 12 August 2012 in a 2–2 draw with ADO Den Haag at the GelreDome, equalizing for the hosts less than a minute after Tjaronn Chery had put ADO in front. Bony scored a 90th-minute winner over Feyenoord on 2 September, to earn the club its third win from the first four league games. On 6 October 2012, Bony scored a hat-trick as Vitesse came back from a goal down three times to draw 3–3 with Heerenveen.

In Vitesse's 0–2 upset of Ajax on 4 November, Bony scored both goals, helping Vitesse to six away wins in a row and the club's first win at the Amsterdam Arena since 2001. Bony added two more goals to his account in Vitesse's 4–1 defeat of NEC Nijmegen on 18 November, earning Vitesse just their second home win of the season as NEC had three men sent off. On 25 November, Vitesse travelled to Eindhoven to face league leaders PSV; Bony scored a late winner to put Vitesse on 31 points, level with second place FC Twente. On 9 February 2013, Bony returned from his participation in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations to face PSV and once again scored twice, securing a 2–2 draw. On 23 February, Bony scored a hat-trick to send Vitesse to a 5–3 victory over Heracles Almelo. On 15 April, he scored for the ninth consecutive match in a 3–3 draw with Roda JC. Bony ended the season as the Eredivisie's top scorer with 31 goals in 30 matches and was awarded the Golden Shoe for the best player in the Netherlands.

On 11 July 2013, Bony signed a four-year contract with Welsh side Swansea City, who paid a Welsh record fee of £12 million. Bony's work permit was delayed briefly, but was granted three days later. He made his competitive debut for Swansea in the club's Europa League third qualifying round tie against Malmö FF, scoring two second-half goals in a 4–0 first leg victory on 1 August.

The BBC listed Bony as one of the Premier League signings to watch for the 2013–14 Premier League. In the opening game of the 2013–14 season on 17 August, Bony scored his first goal for the club, in a 4–1 loss against Manchester United. Shortly after, Bony scored he first goal for Swansea in a UEFA competition, in the first leg of the Europa League qualification round against Romanian side Petrolul Ploie?ti in a 5–1 win. He scored a brace, as Swansea City drew 3–3 with Stoke City in November. In the third round of the FA Cup Bony scored a 90th-minute header against Manchester United to send Swansea through to the next round in what was Swansea's first ever win at Old Trafford. After scoring in a 3–1 win at Sunderland on the final day of the Premier League season, he finished 2013-14 having scored 25 goals.

Bony scored his first goal of the season on 4 October 2014 in a 2-2 draw against Newcastle United. On 25 October, Bony scored both goals as Swansea defeated Leicester City 2-0, taking him to a total of 20 Premier League goals for Swansea, drawing him level alongside former teammate Michu as the club's all-time leading Premier League goal-scorer. With 20 goals, Bony was the Premier League's top scorer in the calendar year of 2014.

Liverpool Striker Bids Farewell to Anfield

After only one season at Liverpool, in which he made 16 appearances, scored six goals, created one assist and got one PoM, veteran striker Rickie Lambert has left Anfield with a teary farewell to join Queens Park Rangers for the 2015/16 season.

Lambert was born and brought up in the Westvale area of Kirkby, Merseyside by parents Maureen and Ray. Lambert joined Liverpool as a youngster aged 10, but was released when he was 15. Lambert tried out for non-league side Marine, before becoming a trainee with Blackpool in August 1998 at the age of 16. He made his professional debut on 7 August 1999 as a 17-year-old, coming on as a 68th-minute substitute against Wrexham at Bloomfield Road. He made two subsequent substitute appearances in the 1999–2000 season. The following season Lambert was on a month-to-month contract and struggling to get a place in the reserves. He was released by Steve McMahon in November 2000.

Lambert remained a free agent for almost four months, during which time he worked in a beetroot bottling plant to make ends meet, until he was signed by another Third Division club, Macclesfield Town in March 2001, where he made a total of 9 league appearances in the remainder of the 2000–01 season. In the 2001–02 season Lambert became a regular for Macclesfield, with a total of 40 appearances and 10 goals, his first two finishes coming in a 2–2 draw with Forest Green Rovers in the FA Cup on 17 November 2001. Just a week later, Lambert scored his first hat-trick in a 4–1 league win against Luton Town.

Macclesfield received a club record transfer fee of £300,000 for Lambert from Second Division side Stockport County, in a move which was completed on 26 April 2002. In his first season in the third-tier, Lambert made a total of 32 appearances in all competitions, although only scored two goals (both in league matches) – in a 2–5 loss against Swindon Town on 18 January 2003, and in a 2–2 draw with former club Blackpool on 22 March 2003. The 2003–04 season would prove to be Lambert's most successful (on a personal) yet, as 40 league appearances yielded 12 goals in a relegation-threatened season, including another against Blackpool and two in a late win against Rushden & Diamonds in the late stages of the season. Lambert was a regular for Stockport at the beginning of the newly restructured 2004–05 season, but following poor team performances and a very real threat of relegation for the club he left in February 2005.

Despite now being a relatively accomplished player, Lambert moved down a division to League Two club Rochdale from Stockport on 17 February 2005, the day after his 23rd birthday, for an undisclosed fee. Lambert scored his first goal for the club only nine days after his transfer, in a 1–1 draw with Kidderminster Harriers, but could not help secure promotion for the club. In 2005–06 the striker featured in all 46 of Rochdale's league matches, scoring a total of 22 goals in the campaign, including one in a 3–1 defeat of former club Macclesfield Town.

Early into the 2006–07 season, Lambert was purchased for £200,000 from Rochdale by Bristol Rovers in a move finalised on 31 August 2006, transfer deadline day. Despite quickly establishing himself as a regular member of the squad, it took Lambert until November to score his first goal for the club, in the last-minute of a 2–0 win over Barnet. The remainder of the season proved to be a disappointment for the forward, although an 86th-minute goal in the last league game of the season against Hartlepool United ultimately sent Bristol Rovers into the League Two Play-offs, from which they won promotion to League One. Lambert also scored the only goal in the League Trophy Southern Area Final in a Bristol derby against local rivals Bristol City,[31] which ultimately sent the team into the final with Doncaster Rovers (which they lost 2–3 after extra time).

On 10 August 2009, with a total of 155 appearances and 59 goals for Bristol Rovers, Lambert completed a move worth in excess of £1 million to recently relegated League One club Southampton. The striker scored on his debut for The Saints against Northampton Town on 11 August 2009, and went on to become the club's top scorer for that season with 36 in all competitions. Other notable goals scored by Lambert during the season include one against local rivals Portsmouth in the FA Cup Fifth Round South Coast derby on 13 February 2010, a hat-trick against Milton Keynes Dons in the league on 20 March 2010, and a penalty against Carlisle United in the 4–1 League Trophy Final win at Wembley on 28 March 2010. Southampton finished the season in 7th, one place off the play-offs, despite a 10-point penalty for financial reasons. Following a season in which he performed statistically similarly to his last with Bristol Rovers, Lambert was again named in the PFA Team of the Year for League One, as well as winning the PFA Fans' Player of the Year award for the division.

On 2 June 2014, Lambert was confirmed as a Liverpool player after passing a medical, signing a two-year deal for an initial £4 million transfer fee plus add-ons. As he had been released from the club as a teenager, he said "I have always dreamt of playing for Liverpool, but I did kind of think the chance of playing for them had gone. I didn't think the chance would come."

Southampton Cash In on Schmelzer

After losing Ryan Bertrand back to Chelsea after his loan expired, Southampton have now signed Liverpool's German left-back Marcel Schmelzer for a fee of £10 million pounds.

Schmelzer was born in Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt. He started his professional career with Borussia Dortmund, making his first appearance on 9 August 2008, in the German Cup first-round match against Rot-Weiss Essen. His first league appearance came in the following week, as he played the final twenty minutes of a 3–2 win at Bayer Leverkusen. Schmelzer had his best season for Borussia Dortmund in the 2010–11 season, where he managed to play every minute of the season for the team who went on to win the Bundesliga that year.

The following season, Schmelzer, who missed the beginning of the Bundesliga due to injury, enjoyed yet another trophy as he helped Dortmund win another Bundesliga titles. In addition to being the left back for the team for the entire season, Schmelzer also helped Dortmund secure the DFB Pokal with a 5–2 win against Bayern Munich, making it 3 titles in 2 years. On 27 July 2013, Schmelzer won the 2013 DFL-Supercup with Dortmund 4–2 against rivals Bayern Munich.

Liverpool signed Schmelzer back in 2014, but significant injuries, such as bruised ribs, a twisted ankle, a calf strain and thigh strains all prevented Schmelzer from performing to his full ability for Liverpool, with the German defender only managing eleven, poor performances throughout his season at Liverpool.

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Liverpool Snap Up Argentinian Defender

After activating his release clause of £12.75 million pounds, Liverpool Football Club have confirmed the deal that brings Nicolas Otamendi to Merseyside, effectively immediately.

Born in Buenos Aires, Otamendi made his Primera División debut for Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield on 10 May 2008, in a 2–1 home win against Rosario Central for the Clausura tournament. During manager Hugo Tocalli's spell he was only fifth-choice stopper, behind Waldo Ponce, Fernando Tobio, Marco Torsiglieri and Mariano Uglessich. However, his role in the first team changed during Ricardo Gareca's first season as head coach, the 2009 Clausura: he replaced Ponce for the third game after the Chilean was injured while playing for his national team, and eventually won a starting position alongside Sebastián Domínguez, playing 17 of the 19 games in Vélez's winning campaign. Otamendi scored his first professional goal during the 2009 Apertura, in Vélez' 3–1 victory over Arsenal de Sarandí. During that season he also made his debuts in an international club competition, appearing in the Copa Sudamericana; in recognition of his performances throughout the year he was chosen for the South American Team of the Year, in a traditional continent-wide journalists' poll conducted by the newspaper El País.

On 23 August 2010, Otamendi was transferred to Portuguese side F.C. Porto on a €4 million fee, signing a five-year contract – Vélez also retained 50% of his registration rights, with the player having a pre-set price of another €4 million to be met by Porto prior to September 2011. He netted in his first match, a 2–0 home victory over S.C. Olhanense, finishing his first season with 15 appearances and five goals (notably both in a 2–0 away win against S.C. Braga) as the northerners won the national championship. On 6 September 2011, Porto exercised the rights to sign the remainder of Otamendi's playing rights. He played 30 official games during the season to help the club to another two major titles, notably the back-to-back domestic league. On 5 February 2014, Otamendi was sold to Valencia CF in La Liga for €12 million, on a five-year contract starting on 1 July. He was immediately loaned to Clube Atlético Mineiro in Brazil.

In April 2009, Otamendi was called up by Argentine national team coach Diego Maradona for a friendly with Panama. At the time of his selection he had only played 11 professional games, and eventually started the match on 20 May, in a 3–1 win. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, Otamendi played as a centre-back alongside Martín Demichelis against Ecuador (0–2 away loss), partnered former Vélez teammate Domínguez against Brazil in a 1–3 home defeat and appeared as a right-back in a 1–0 win in Uruguay which sealed the country's qualification to South Africa.

On 19 May 2010 Otamendi was confirmed as part of the 23-men squad for the final stages. On 22 June he was in the starting eleven for the final group stage game against Greece; on the press conference after the match, Maradona said that, in his opinion, Otamendi was the best player on the field. Otamendi also played the 90 minutes of the round-of-16 game against Mexico, which Argentina won by 3–1. His final appearance in the tournament was the 0–4 quarter-final loss against Germany: this time his performance received criticism by the football press, as did Maradona's decision to improvise him on the right-back position; however, the player subsequently stated his desire to always play for his national team, even if not in his natural position. Otamendi scored his first goal for Argentina on 2 September 2011, in a 1–0 friendly win over Venezuela in Kolkata, after heading a corner taken by Lionel Messi.

Liverpool Swoop In For Unsettled Arsenal Defender

After his request to be transfer-listed at Arsenal was granted, 20 year old Arsenal full-back Calum Chambers has completed a move to Champions League winners Liverpool for a fee of £19 million pounds, effective immediately.

Born in Petersfield, Hampshire, Chambers joined Southampton at the age of seven. He went through the ranks at the club and at the beginning of the 2012–13 season, Chambers was revealed as one of four youth players to be promoted to the first-team. During the pre-season period he made a number of appearances for the team, playing in the Memorial Cup against Anderlecht, coming on as a second-half substitute in the matches against Evian Thonon Gaillard and Étoile Carouge, and making late appearances against Ajax and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Chambers made his full debut for Southampton on 28 August 2012 in a 4–1 win over Stevenage in the second round of the League Cup,[11] coming on as an 84th-minute substitute for Dean Hammond and providing the assist for the final goal of the match by Ben Reeves.

On 31 July 2013, Chambers signed a new four-year contract with Southampton. He made his first-team league debut on 17 August 2013, when he played the full 90 minutes at right-back of the opening game of the 2013–14 season in a 1–0 win against West Bromwich Albion. He made a total of 25 appearances for Southampton in all competitions, of which 22 were in the league, before leaving in the summer of 2014.

On 28 July 2014, it was announced that he had signed for Arsenal on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee, rising to a potential £16 million with performance-related add-ons.

Chambers made his first appearance for Arsenal on 2 August 2014, starting in central defence in a 5–1 win against S.L. Benfica in the pre-season Emirates Cup tournament. On 10 August, Chambers made his competitive debut for Arsenal, playing the full 90 minutes of the 2014 FA Community Shield against Premier League champions Manchester City at Wembley Stadium. Playing at centre back instead of his usual right back position to cover for Per Mertesacker, he gained widespread praise for his commanding and mature performances at centre back against the Premier League champions, with the BBC stating that "his mature performance defied his youthful years"

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