It’d be fair to say that everyone has been pretty impressed by the way that Calum Chambers has adapted to life at The Emirates after his summer move from Southampton.
A series of superb performances won him Arsenal’s player of the month award for August, and he has featured regularly for both the Gunners and for England, most recently at right back last night in the 1-0 win against Estonia.
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojiech Szczesny has had the best position of anyone to witness the young defender develop, and it is no surprise that the Polish keeper is full of praise for the 19-year-old.
Szczesny has been hugely impressed by the quiet confidence that Chambers has displayed during the early days of his Arsenal career, and the former Southampton player has thrived at either right back or centre back.
An impressed Szczesny is sure that Chambers has a long and successful career ahead of him, and told Arsenal Player:
“It is a strange one because I would imagine that to be very successful at 19 you need to be massively confident, maybe overconfident at times.
“But Calum isn’t – he’s very humble, very quiet and he shows his confidence on the pitch. It is a massive quality because he looks very comfortable, whether you play him at right back or centre back.
“He is comfortable on the ball, he is comfortable defending and he is very strong as well. He has been a massive signing.
“The pressure was on him as well because he was 19, he came to a big club and he went straight into the starting XI but he has been coping very well.”
My take on Chambers
When Arsenal signed Calum Chambers I must admit I had my doubts. He was yet to establish himself as a regular at Southampton and I thought he was too young to make an impression at The Emirates.
I’m glad to say I’ve been proved wrong, and he looks like one of the signings of the season, who is only going to get better and better. The mental aspects of the game are crucial at the top level, and Chambers thrives in this department where others can crumble when they move to a top club.
His versatility has been impressive, and he has been thrown into some difficult situations and emerged as a better player. The experience of this year will do him the world of good, and it is refreshing to see young English players given the opportunity to thrive at a top club. As a nation we need that to happen more often, and hopefully Chambers is just the first of many who will go on to excel this year.
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