In the wake of the 1-1 draw with the Spurs over the weekend, one of the few positives that could be taken away by Arsene Wenger was the performance of youngster Calum Chambers. The 19 year old, recently transferred from Southampton, was originally signed as cover for the defensive line, but a spate of injuries has seen him become a first team regular.
And after his impressive performance against the Spurs, he could well become Wenger’s first choice right back. Not only was he tidy in the defence, he regularly went on the attack as well; and his link up play with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was beautiful to watch. The two of them completely dominated their wing, and Chambers also had an opportunity to score, firing over the crossbar from 20 yards.
Speaking to arsenal.com, Arsene Wenger praised the stamina and dedication of the player:
He has been remarkable in every position. He has an unbelievable engine. He goes and goes. It’s not often that you see that quality.
His yellow card was very harsh and the one against Villa was very harsh as well. I’ve told him to be keen and committed and I think he had a good game overall.
I’d consider playing him in midfield but I don’t know about Wednesday [against Galatasaray] because I only have four defenders at the moment.
The yellow cards are a point of concern. Chambers has already picked up four in six appearances, and another card will mean a one match suspension; something Arsenal can ill afford. As to playing him in the midfield, Wenger has never hesitated to play his players out of position, and once Mathieu Debuchy returns we might actually see this.
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