Calum Chambers endured a night to forget at the Emirates last Monday, with Liverpool’s Christian Benteke running him ragged all evening. Arsene Wenger has backed the youngster to bounce back though, insisting he has what it takes to succeed (via Goal).
The quality we saw from Chambers last Monday was well short of what you’d expect to see from a Premier League footballer, and we were arguably lucky his mistakes didn’t cost us a goal or two.
There were calls from fans to replace him with a makeshift centre-back in the form of Nacho Monreal or Mathieu Debuchy at half time, but Wenger stuck with the 20-year-old who had a much better – but still sub standard – second 45.
The manager claims he will keep faith with Chambers however, and tipped him to bounce back after a real dip in confidence.
“He showed character. The positive of the night – he did not have the best performance in the first half – was the way he recovered,” Wenger said (via Goal).
“He has lost a bit of confidence, compared to the player he was last year. Maybe it’s through not playing too much, the Under-21 tournament [with England this summer] did not help him too much, as he did not play at all.
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“I have spoken to him and he’s a strong footballer, a dedicated player who is ready to work day and night. He has the talent to be a good player.
“I did not sub him as I wanted to save my offensive options. It also gives him time to recover. But we wanted to win the game. He recovered quite well in the second half.”
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With Laurent Koscielny back in the side for our clash with Newcastle, Chambers has been relegated to the bench. He has shown glimpses of promise during his time at Arsenal, so hopefully he can get his career back on track sooner rather than later.