Arsenal legend David Seaman has claimed that Mikel Arteta is not using Calum Chambers in the right position.
The former Southampton man, signed by Arsene Wenger in 2014, is very versatile. He can play at right-back, in central defence and also as a defensive midfielder. That is a blessing for any manager, including Arteta.
The Arsenal boss, however, has mainly used Chambers at right-back. To be fair to the 26-year-old, he was brilliant there at the end of last season, but he really struggled against Brentford on the opening day, which gave rise to a ton of criticism.
David Seaman: Chambers is not a right-back
On the Seaman Says Podcast, the legendary Arsenal goalkeeper’s co-host, Lynsey Hooper, questioned: “Some of the players that Arteta has backed, and I say Arteta, it’s probably a combination with Edu as well.
“Players like Calum Chambers, or the fact that Xhaka has been given so much backing. There are little things you read and you just think they’ve got it wrong and they don’t have the right vibe. Someone like Calum Chambers, he’s done well, but is he at this level?”
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Seaman responded referring to Chambers: “He’s not a right-back though is he? He’s not a right-back!”
The Insider’s View:
Chambers’ best position, according to most people, is in central defence. The Englishman is good with the ball at his feet, is comfortable in aerial duels and has performed really well as a centre-back in the past. However, he is a decent right-back as well.
The 26-year-old played a part in all but two of Arsenal final 12 league games last season. He was mostly excellent at right-back and that would’ve convinced Arteta that he was good enough. Things, however, have changed now.
Takehiro Tomiyasu’s arrival means that Chambers will have to settle for a spot on the bench more often than not. That will likely bring an end to his Arsenal career, which is a shame as he showed so much promise when Wenger signed him over seven years ago.