Arsenal’s injury crisis might as well be a blessing in disguise. Arsenal fans have been given a glimpse into the Arsenal future and it looks very bright. Calum Chambers has been thrown in to the deep end and forced to learn on the job. At the beginning, he was a bit reckless with his tackles and putting his team under unnecessary pressure although with regular game time, he has began to cut out that impetuousness from his game. He is now calmer and reads a situation before reacting.
Another player who has benefited from being involved in first team action is Emiliano Martinez. He is a big goalkeeper with a good command of his area. During his time on the pitch, the defenders around him seemed more confident knowing they had an assured player between the posts to mop up any mistakes. He had three clean sheets making good saves during this time although there was nothing he could do about the Stoke game where everything went wrong defensively in the first half. He can still be proud of his contribution during his time on the pitch.
The player who has probably impressed everyone the most especially after his display against Newcastle is Hector Bellerin. I am sure he never expected to be involved in first team action so soon. The names being mentioned to break in to the first team included Chuba Akpom, Gedion Zelalem and Dan Crowley. However, with the competition these young attacking players face ahead of them, it is more likely that Bellerin will succeed long before they come to the fold. There is no way Wenger is going to drop Bellerin to the youth squad after his displays.
Not only does Bellerin offer blistering pace that allows him to cover ground and prevent crosses but he also provides an attacking outlet with good crosses. He also reads the game very well.
Overall, this means we have young players in Chambers, Bellerin, Gibbs and Martinez gaining valuable experience that will compliment young attacking players like AOC, Wilshere, Ramsey, and Walcott. The future of Arsenal looks bright indeed.
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