Arsene Wenger says last season’s loan spell at Middlesbrough has helped Calum Chambers grow in confidence.
The 22-year-old made 24 appearances in the Premier League for Boro earning plaudits for his performances despite the Teeside outfit going down.
While the early part of the current campaign proved frustrating, a hip injury ruling him out of action between September and November, the England international has managed to force his way back into first team reckoning, initially via the Carabao Cup and Europa League and more recently in the Premier League.
“He’s done well – he’s more mature,” Wenger told Arsenal.com.
“[Last year at Middlesbrough] he gained the belief that you have the level to play in the Premier League, that you can do it and you get that confidence from your manager for a long period.
“That gives you confidence and from that confidence you can express your qualities. For Calum Chambers, those qualities are immense.”
Chambers could well start his third consecutive game this evening against Chelsea with Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal all struggling with injury.