Chambers on his comeback and his preferred position

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Having made his first Premier League start for Arsenal since the opening day of last season, Calum Chambers has declared himself pleased to be back out on the pitch for the Gunners.

The 22 year old signed a new contract early this season, a show of faith in him from the club, and he had a solid performance overall in a back three.

It’s a position he says he feels comfortable in, but also that he can play in a central defensive duo too – the subtext being he’s not a full back or a wing back.

“That’s the position I like, the right side of a back three,” he said, “or if we play a back four then the right side of that, those are the positions I like centrally.

“The amount of games I get, the more experience I get and more nights like tonight it’s just great experience for the whole team really.”

Having had his season interrupted by injury, Chambers is just happy to be given the nod by Arsene Wenger, and to get a full game under his belt.

“It was great to be back out there,” he said. “It has been a bit of a frustrating start to the season for me, having been injured for quite a lot of it, so I’m glad to be back out there and to get the 90 minutes as well.

“We dug in deep and we had to fight for those three points. It’s really pleasing, so I just want to work on that and improve going on from there.”

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Pedant

Given how little he has played he did fine last night. He will do better with age (22 is young) and experience.

Hope the ‘Holding Chambers’ partnership locks the CB berths up in time.

BoolaBoola

We need to get “The Dungeon” nickname to become an actual thing

gooner

Can’t keep it in the cell any longer.

Arse City Blues

I’m definitely taking the credit for that one 🙂

Whinger

I couldn’t agree more. The two together are more than simply the ‘Sum of their parts’.

Merteslacker

Probably gonna get downvoted for this but as much as I admire the individual potential of Chambers and Holding, it’s unlikely that this centre back pairing is going to pan out in the near future.

How many top clubs have we seen with both centre halves below age 25? A more realistic scenario in the next couple of seasons is one of them partnering with Mustafi (in a back 4) once Kos starts to wind down…

And really you need at least one very good header of the ball at centre back so sorry for Chambers but my money is on Holding to flourish in a Gunners shirt in the long run

Pedant

No guarantees at all. If one comes through that would be great, if both then fantastic. And it’ll take time, they are both too young currently.

‘Hope…in time’ as above.

Mr November

He’s a talented player and he looked good in a mostly solid Boro defence last season. I think a shake up in the coaching department could really help Chambers and Holding, and Mustafi too. All could be top defenders who can play out of the back if they get the positioning and decision making right.

Hermitian

Indeed, Venga’s ruining the lot of ’em.

Venga ahht !!

santori

It’s Wenger.

Where have you been? Under a rock? Can’t spell?.:D

Obvious Pete

Give it a rest once in a while eh?

santori

I thought he was decent.

And I mentioned this sometime back when the usual simpleton voices were again waxing lyrical about Holding.

The player showing composure I felt was Chambers.

Showed good strength against Zaha and kept a calm head.

Also underrated again was Mustafi.

He adds more power to the back but his distribution from deep can be good as evident in one sumptious delivery from the back that found Bellerin straight in on goal.

BUT the organisation in front of the defense can be shambles.

That can be sorted with Jack and Granit likely to have to get use to each other a bit more.

The worse was our right flank (particularly at the final 10 minutes of the game)

Bellerin was rubbish.

Zaha and company kept cutting behind him and toward our byline.

BUT how the bench can just sit there and not issue instruction is beyond me.

At very least, they just put on AMN but they deployed him to cover Sakho on left side. They should have left that to Coquelin and got AMN over to help the abject Bellerin.

Just very poor.

Kwame Ampadu Down

A man who insists repeatedly that Chambers is a full back/wing back & who has just heard the player himself confidence is wrong should be very careful about throwing around the word simpleton…people in glass houses & all that.

Kwame Ampadu Down

Confirm he is wrong (bloody auto correct)

caligunner

Very true lol

pound4pound

Hard to believe he’s still only 22. Given his position, Kos’ injury issues and Per leaving soon, CC might be the single most important young player we have moving forward. If he can become consistently above average, our path to being a solid defense becomes a lot clearer.

santori

BOTH Holding and Chambers are 22yrs.

BOTH have great potential for the Cback role.

Chambers clearly on right, HOlding Left.

BUT Mustafi and Koscielny are clearly more experience.

Cback options are there.

But still a lot of system issues that need to be resolve. I dunno what Bould does but we have massive lapses in concentration.

yen

He seems like a really good player – and if you seem like a good player in Arsenal’s defense, then you probably are a hell of a defender.

Could be one of our most important players in the next season – so we should make sure he’s getting minutes under his belt in this one already.

Mpls

Unless we shock the globe and sign a couple top defenders this summer I agree- He and Holding are going to be crucial despite all the emphasis always placed on attacking players and DMs.

santori

still only 22!

Mesut O\'Neill

I’m feeling 22

Loves me some Taylor

ArseAboutFace

Chambers is not Arsenal quality.
He found his level at Middlesboro on loan and should have forced a permanent move there – it is clear he is a Championship level player and will cost us far too many goals until his confidence is completely shot.
Arsenal need top quality in defence with established international players, but we know that the BOD will not sanction that level of spending and to be honest I have no faith in Wenger’s ability to find the players we need.

Gutbukket Deffrolla

You are clearly unhappy about something. You should spend lots of money until you are happy.

santori

Blogs still doesn’t get it.

Heatmap doesn’t show you anything.

Watch the last ten minutes of the game and Bellerin was constantly caught ball watching on his flank with Zaha and company continuously cutting behind him to the byline.

At least 3 dangerous crosses were put in which could have easily resulted in goals.

It certainly put us under undue duress for the last ten minutes and the pressure eventually told with the Tomkins goal and the nervy finish.

Bellerin was shockingly poor through the game but particularly closing out the game DEFENDING which is his primary duty.

I’m not one to have got on his back before but fair is fair.

It helps if you watch the game again.

Whats the point at looking at heat maps. YOu could generate heat running around like a headless chicken.

SirButterBuckets

I hope you know that when a team deploys a 3 ATB formation, the wingbacks are required to push forward to provide width? If not the attacking play is going to get stunted. Arsenal want to play attacking/posession football, that requires defensive sacrifice and some risk taking. I’m sorry a wingback can’t necessarily be in the right position all the time when he is instructed to push up, and a misplaced pass from a teammate, not the wingbacks fault, immediately forces you in a vulnerable situation.

Jimbo Jones

Shady in here tonight!

Mpls

If you’re expecting an Arsenal wingback with a back three formation to have defending as his primary duty I think you’re the one who doesn’t get it.

Jozzer

It helps to understand the game before watching a match a match multiple times. The clue is in the titles ‘wing’ back vs. ‘full’ back. Spare us the ill-informed, self-obsessed, diatribes please Santori.

Dholio

VVD cost £75m. It’s true that Arsenal probably won’t spend that amount on a defender. If that’s the market then I have no problem with the manager blooding in young CB’s like Chambers & Holding.
Kos clearly needs a little rest, so give it to him. Wenger is worried that the young CB’s will cost goals but Kos is in patchy form atm and does not look like his assured self so give the youngsters a run out.

TaariqT

Everyone seems to talk about how we need to improve our squad to compete, but my only question is what position do we buy in? We’ve bought chambers and holding for the future CB pairing. Bellerin is supposed to be our RB for many years to come, and i assume the same is expected when we signed Kolasanic. We have Ramsey and Xhaka in the midfield. (i hope we replace Xhaka). Hoping Ozil signs a new contract the only spot we have left to replace is the LW position since Alexis is leaving. And we’ve just bought lacazette as our CF. Is this not concerning to the fan base? we need to improve but given our philosophy in spending, where do we spend the money on this summer?

EZD

Not sure I agree. There’s scope for massive changes/additions to the starting line-up in the summer.

Both starting wingers are up for grabs if Alexis leaves (we can definitely improve at RW over Walcott, Welbeck, Iwobi or an out of position Jack). That’s pretty huge.

And like you, I also would like a new DM (but I don’t think we’ll be seeing that anytime soon).

We may be in the market for a new experienced CB to replace Kos/Mert. It’s not realistic for Chambers and Holding to be first choice partnership next season (or probably even the one after), even if you think they are the future.

There’s also an outside chance we’ll improve at GK too. But I doubt Arsene will.

And this is all assuming Ozil stays and we don’t get anyone else forcing moves away. If Ozil and Alexis leave and we miss out on Champions League again, we may struggle to keep (and buy) players. Sorry to be a downer, but I’m already anxious about what could be a huge reconstruction for next season!

Fuhgedaboudit

I could never understand why AW kept trying him in the fullback position when it was obvious his pace is not suited for that. At the same time he shows ability when he plays more of a positional role that does not require a lot of pace. I think he may be a good replacement when Koz slows down.

caligunner

When was the last time AW played him regularly at RB?

Gooner

I didnqt see him perform and heres hopimg for more of the same… but what matters r the big games

Gutbukket Deffrolla

38 Big Games in the Premier League. Every one of them is worth 3 points.