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Arsenal coach Steve Gatting talks up Calum Chambers' performance in defensive-midfield role for Under-21 side

Steve Gatting believes Calum Chambers’s versatility makes the Arsenal defender an important member of Arsene Wenger’s squad.

The England international was part of Arsenal’s Under-21 side that eased to a 2-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday night.

Wenger suffered two injury setbacks at Carrow Road on Sunday as Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez picked up problems during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Norwich City.

The Gunners manager is already without defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin for up to three months after the Frenchman’s recent knee ligament injury.

And Arsenal Under-21 coach Gatting talked up Chambers’s performance in a defensive-midfield role against Brighton, adding that the England man is a potential option for Wenger’s midfield.

“I think it was good for Calum to get 90 minutes under his belt and for such a young lad he has got a lot of experience and tonight I thought he was excellent,” Gatting told Arsenal’s website.

“The boss has seen him play several positions and it is handy for the first team to have a player like Calum. He can perhaps play in central defence, at right back and in midfield and he gives the boss options and that is good for Calum to play in different options.”

The former Southampton defender has featured in just three Premier League games for the Gunners this season.

Arsenal host Sunderland in their next Premier League game at The Emirates on Saturday afternoon looking to end their recent two-game winless run.

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Chambers moved to Arsenal in a £16m deal from the Saints in 2014.

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