Former Tottenham player Jermaine Jenas believes Calum Chambers could be the answer to our defensive midfield problems, with the semi-retired star claiming the young Englishman can fill the void left by Francis Coquelin.
The Frenchman is facing three months on the sidelines with knee ligament damage (via Arsenal.com), with Arsene Wenger confirming that his compatriot’s injury was worse than first feared.
“It is what we feared basically. Let’s be realistic, it will be 12 weeks. He does not need surgery. It was a knee ligament so it will be 12 weeks,” Wenger is quoted as saying.
The manager had previously suggested that Chambers was among the candidates to replace Coquelin (via the Mirror), and based on his brief cameo on midfield during our clash with Dinamo Zagreb that seems like a real possibility.
“We have other players who can play in this position, like Chambers, because he has been educated as a central midfielder,” the manager said.
“Sometimes this is a good opportunity for other players to turn up and show they can do the job.”
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Jenas suggested that Chambers could be an excellent option, and believes he has the potential to become a top defensive midfielder in the future.
“Calum Chambers in midfield makes sense,” Jenas told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“He’s not going to have the impact that Francis Coquelin has got, but he’s got a defensive mindset and fresh young legs. I think Arsene Wenger can develop him into a top defensive midfield player.”
While Chambers may well turn out to be an excellent midfielder in the future, he hasn’t shown anything to suggest he’s ready to take up the mantle just yet. Mathieu Flamini looks to be our best option at the moment, although Chambers may continue to get handed chances to see if he’s able to step up.
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Hopefully this won’t be a problem we’ll have to worry about for long anyway, and Wenger will move in January for a new defensive midfielder. There was outrage when he didn’t invest more over the summer, and it will surely continue if he fails to make any signings this winter.