Saints fans react to Chambers sale: 'This represents everything wrong with English football'

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Southampton fans are understandly disappointed after Calum Chambers' move to Arsenal was completed today.

Calum Chambers became the fifth key Southampton player to leave the club today and Saints supporters are starting to show signs of frustration about the amount of departures during the transfer window so far.

Chambers joined Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw and Dejan Lovren in leaving St. Mary’s this summer and it means their squad is starting to look depleted.

The Saints enjoyed their best ever Premier League season last year, but that did not go unnoticed and their squad has been raided by some of the biggest clubs in England.

It leaves them with an influx of cash, but a lack of players and their fans were not the only ones to show their frustrations – with the club releasing a statement on Chambers’ transfer.

It said: “We are naturally disappointed whenever any of our Academy graduates leave the club, and that is very much the case with Calum’s departure.

“Calum made it clear to us that he did not see his future at Southampton. As such, it was crucial that we were able to negotiate a substantial fee that also reflects the work our staff have put into Calum’s development since he joined the club at the age of eight.

The news that Chambers appeared to force the transfer is something of a surprise, given that he was handed a number of first team opportunities by the Saints last season.

He is likely to find that number of starts reduced this year at Champions League-chasing Arsenal, but that does not necessarily mean it will be a bad move for him in the future.

On the contrary, Arsene Wenger is one of the best managers in England at developing young talent and has already shown his ability to nurture former Southampton stars by turning Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from youngsters to first-team regulars at the Emirates.

That means little to Southampton fans, though, who have seen the heart ripped out of their team this season and they were naturally disappointed to see another of their key players leave today.

Here are some of the best tweets from Southampton fans on the Chambers transfer.

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