Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta handed Calum Chambers his first start in the Premier League for over a year on Saturday.
The Englishman suffered a horrific knee injury in Arteta’s first home game in charge. He spent a long spell on the sidelines and he has found it tough to get himself back into the starting lineup.
Arteta surprised everyone on Saturday against Burnley. He started Chambers at right-back ahead of both Hector Bellerin and Cedric Soares, and the Englishman had a really good game.
The Arsenal boss was asked about Chambers and he admitted that he was extremely happy with his display and with the way he has been training since he returned from his terrible injury.
He said, as per Football London: “I’m extremely happy with him. He deserved completely his chance to start the game because of the recovery he’s done, the preparation he’s done to get to the level he’s at at the moment and the way he trains and behaves every day.
“I think it was a really good game for him, for the needs that we had on the pitch and I think he had a really good performance.
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Chambers is playing for his future, there is no doubt about that.
The Englishman has all the right traits to succeed at Arsenal, but injuries have been very cruel. He needs to stay fit for a good length of time. If he can do that, he will force Arteta to give him more minutes on the pitch.
Chambers can fill in at right-back, centre-half and defensive midfield. Keeping hold of him would give Arteta a ton of options, but if a good offer comes in this summer, it is likely Arsenal will let him leave on a permanent deal.