Jury out for Chambers | Arseblog … an Arsenal blog


Few Arsenal careers in latest occasions have been extra sturdy than that of Calum Chambers. Calum is finishing his seventh season as an Arsenal participant, taking in two mortgage spells at relegated golf equipment and an anterior cruciate ligament harm. His mortgage spells at Middlesbrough and Fulham had been stable however not spectacular and he has by no means really commanded a primary crew spot at Arsenal.

Chambers sits in that barely unwieldly Ainsley Maitland Niles candy spot the place his versatility makes him a precious squad member however does little to speed up his private development. His performances at centre-half, right-back and, at Fulham, in central midfield have been sufficient to make one cock an eyebrow in acknowledgment however little extra. In brief, he has confirmed himself to be competent.

Nevertheless, his Arsenal race actually did look run when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in January 2020, only one week into Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal reign. Provided that David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Hector Bellerin had been all on the membership with William Saliba ready within the wings and Cedric Soares added that very same month, there gave the impression to be little manner again for Chambers.

Nevertheless, that is an Arsenal profession that simply refuses to die. It’s like a kind of annoying horror film scenes when the protagonist strikes the villain throughout the top with a rolling pin simply the as soon as, earlier than dropping the weapon to the ground and turning their again on the assailant. ALWAYS MAKE SURE, DICKHEADS!

With Hector Bellerin and Cedric Soares on the books, I don’t assume any of us predicted that Chambers would end the season as the primary selection right-back. Now Hector’s Arsenal profession is mendacity immobile and bloodstained on the kitchen ground whereas the signing of Cedric Soares more and more seems to be like a drunken flirty textual content message that appeared like a good suggestion after eight pints however much less so the morning after.

Chambers has one 12 months left on his Arsenal contract. Bellerin’s Arsenal goose is cooked (an analogy I’m certain he received’t admire) and Cedric is third selection right-back at greatest and doubtless about seventh selection when it comes to left-backs now. All of the sudden, it seems to be possible that Chambers will win his third Arsenal contract.

In an excellent world, I’m certain that Arteta want to extreme ties with Bellerin and Cedric, to obtain a primary selection right-back and have Chambers as his again up. That is all assuming that Ainsley Maitland-Niles will make his Arsenal exit everlasting this summer time. I’ve my doubts that Cedric Soares will likely be straightforward weight to maneuver.

Let’s face it, he willingly signed a four-year deal on the understanding that he can be a utility participant. I doubt that he got here into this case blind, he received’t need to surrender the great contract that Arsenal have furnished him with and I can’t see many golf equipment queuing as much as match the three years he has left on his Arsenal deal.

It begs the query as as to whether the membership have tied themselves to Cedric and might need to permit Chambers to go away as a extra saleable asset. The homegrown rule complicates this state of affairs additional as Calum counts in direction of Arsenal’s allocation of homegrown players- which will likely be particularly necessary if Maitland-Niles, Nelson and even Willock go away this summer time.

Maybe it’s price what Arteta values in Chambers at right-back. The supervisor initially took a shine to Maitland-Niles within the function within the early weeks of his reign and it’s because Arteta desires his right-back to tuck inside a bit of and play as each a 3rd central midfielder and a 3rd centre-back relying on the part of play.

Chambers has expertise as each a right-sided centre-half and a central midfielder and he understands find out how to fill these areas. He additionally provides peak within the space when defending the again put up. Bellerin’s Arsenal profession has been ended by Kieran Tierney, kind of. Hector is an analogous sort of overlapping full-back to Tierney and you may’t have two of these with out penalties on the counter-attack.

Whereas not the quickest participant, Chambers isn’t gradual to get ahead and he has glorious supply from the correct flank when he does overlap. A favoured Arsenal transfer is the short swap from left to proper to search out Chambers, who has an actual knack for clear first-time supply on the volley.

Chambers’ glorious supply was a function of Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with West Ham in March the place he created two of the objectives with low, agency crosses from the correct. It’s fully truthful to say that Calum’s supply is superior to each Bellerin and Cedric. Defensively, I might fear about Chambers with area behind him. Whereas he can dash in straight strains nicely sufficient he’s not as convincing on the flip.

Unusually, the extent to which Jefferson Montero took him aside at right-back in a match that occurred six-and-a-half years in the past has actually imprinted itself onto the Arsenal consciousness however it’s tough to recall too many different defensive aberrations from him within the place. Apart from which, the purpose of his function at right-back is that he’s not often uncovered on this method as a result of his function is far more centered on tucking into midfield.

I might perceive the sense of ennui from Arsenal followers had been Chambers to signal a brand new deal this summer time. All of us need to see the squad refreshed (witness the whole indifference to the announcement of David Luiz’s departure this summer time) and Chambers is a participant Arsenal have had the chance to money in on just a few occasions.

I perceive and subscribe to the concept that the membership has to get higher at transferring gamers on who’ve worth and will not be going to push the membership to the subsequent stage and that we have to cease placing a lot inventory in “again up” gamers. Nevertheless, ennui and tedium will not be essentially good causes to maneuver a participant on and it doesn’t comply with that each single scenario must be handled the identical.

I believe there are two fundamental questions on the subject of a choice over a brand new deal for Chambers. Can Cedric be moved on? If he can’t, it could symbolize a waste of sources to have three right-backs and neither can be a completely convincing first-choice possibility if Arsenal are critical about leaving the midtable doldrums behind.

The second query is how sustainable Chambers’ type at right-back is? He appeared superb there within the opening months of his Arsenal profession earlier than “the Montero incident.” Is there a weak point that opponents will expose simply after the ink dries on a four-year deal? Arteta has a behavior of sticking with gamers who’re in-form and maintaining them within the crew till the embers die out.

He did one thing comparable with Shkodran Mustafi who performed fairly nicely till he reverted to sort. There’s an arch irony in the truth that Bellerin’s emergence was precisely what curtailed Chambers’ profession as a right-back in 2014. Arsenal additionally had Mathieu Debuchy within the squad throughout that season.

Hell, Arsenal have even purchased one other right-back from Southampton since then and Chambers, who now has 200 profession appearances, may simply outlast all of them in an Arsenal shirt. It’s a exceptional story actually however Arsenal should all the time bear in mind the precept of providing gamers new contracts, contracts will not be a reward for what you’ve got accomplished previously however what you’re anticipated so as to add sooner or later. That’s the determination Arsenal should make over Calum Chambers.

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