Calum Chambers has picked up a yellow card in almost every start in the league this season. He was awarded his fifth of the campaign against Chelsea, pulling down Eden Hazard, rendering him suspended for the Gunners clash with Hull City later this month.
Call it inexperience or enthusiasm, Chambers is now an essential component in our backline and we cannot afford any further setbacks. So losing the 19-year-old is less than ideal, Mathieu Debuchy is a long way off returning, so it means Hector Bellerin’s Premier League debut is just around the corner.
The young Spaniard was brilliant against Southampton but his lack of experience was heavily exposed against top opposition in the Borussia Dormund loss three weeks ago. Arsene Wenger obviously has enough faith in the youngster to loan out Carl Jenkinson to West Ham for the season. And now the former Barcelona boy now has his big chance to impress in the big domestic competition.
It seems unbelievable to think both Bellerin and Chambers are the same age. The Englishman just looks streets ahead of the other in terms of defensive nous, composure on the ball and reliability. That’s just testament to Chamber’s incredible performances. But Bellerin does offer plenty going forward, is incredibly rapid and will only improve with time on the pitch.
There could be worse situations, but our lack of depth is becoming worryingly exposed. Especially as Laurent Koscielny could well have been sent off against Chelsea.
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Time for Bellerin to step up and show us what he can do.