According to Sky Sports, Arsenal could agree a new deal for Calum Chambers, with manager Unai Emery holding the 23-year-old in high regard. Chambers spent last season on the periphery under former manager Arsene Wenger, but this latest move could suggest he’ll play a more important role in 2018/19.

The English international joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2014 and has gone on to make over 80 appearances in all competitions. He was used sparingly last season, however, making only 10 Premier League starts which raised doubts about his long-term future at the Emirates Stadium.

Chambers has been unable to edge his way into the first-team ahead of Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos at times, but his new manager clearly has a lot of faith in his ability.

Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat is overhauling the Arsenal defence this summer, starting with the signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos, but Chambers’ new deal would suggest the Gunners may not make any further additions to the backline unless they part company with an existing player.

Arsenal should confirm his contract extension in July.