Arsenal starlet reveals positional change
Calum Chambers has been focusing on improving his performances at centre-half for Arsenal in recent weeks
Calum Chambers has revealed that he is focused on improving his performances at centre-half for Arsenal – although he accepts that he faces significant competition in that position.
The 20-year-old has found his first-team opportunities limited at Emirates Stadium so far this season after initially being thrown straight into Arsene Wenger’s first team following his transfer to the club from Southampton in the summer of 2014.
Chambers was largely deployed at right-back during his first season at Arsenal as he covered for the injured Mathieu Debuchy.
However, the England Under-21 international has now revealed that he is focused on playing in the heart of Arsenal’s defence and has been taking advice from fellow centre-half Per Mertesacker.
Chambers is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail: “I feel I have learned so much over the last two years and I am happy.
“I don’t think it happened too quickly. It just happened very quickly. It was a whirlwind start but I took it game by game and I enjoyed it.
“At the moment, I have changed position to centre-back. I’m not getting so much game time but I am still working in training and trying to fight for my place.
“I’m not down or anything. When you are not in the team, you have to prepare for games as if you are in. You have to do everything the same.
“In training, Per always gives me advice. Laurent is the same.
“I feel I can go up to them and ask them anything and learn from them. I watch them in games all the time, learning and it is helping me get better and better.”
Arsenal, who are currently joint top of the Premier League and level with Manchester City, return to top flight action with a trip to West Bromwich Albion next Saturday afternoon.