Arsene Wenger has expressed his objection to Calum Chambers’ England call-up earlier on this season and claimed that it came rather early, which could’ve potentially damaged his future, The Sun reports.
Chambers was called up by Roy Hodgson in September, just months after completing his move and it came as a result of his explosive start at the club.
As we suffered an injury crisis in defence which was further compounded by Wenger’s refusal to strengthen in that department, Chambers was forced to cover in central defence at Besiktas, as well as the start of the Premier League.
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The 20-year-old impressed and looked rather comfortable playing at a top club after a whirlwind few months, but Wenger wasn’t happy about the sudden call-up.
“It was a bit early,” the boss was quoted as saying.
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“You remember that he had a difficult time in our game at Swansea. Now imagine that happens to him with England in a big game.
“It’s terrible afterwards. You carry that with you your whole life. You have to be equipped to deal with that pressure.
“Calum’s call-up was not unhelpful. It shows him that if you do well then you are rewarded.
“But he was not completely there experience-wise to deal with that.”
Wenger’s reference to the game at Swansea City is an interesting one and it appears that game has had an effect on Chambers’ Gunners future.
Firstly, he hasn’t been involved as heavily as he was during this second part of the season and his days of operating at full-back could also be over.
Jefferson Montero gave him a hard time that evening and the former Southampton academy graduate’s lack of pace was brutally exposed.
Due to his height, power and the performances he put in earlier on this season, Chambers could become a commanding centre-back for us in the future, though.
Let’s hope next time he starts playing well for Arsenal, he won’t be immediately dragged into an England squad, and will instead be given the proper time to develop.