You will not find many people any more who question the wisdom of Arsene Wenger in making Calum Chambers an Arsenal player during the summer transfer window. Not signing another quality defender or defrensive midfielder might be another matter but the teenager has already shown great attitude, ability and versatility.
Chambers has already played well in two positions, has experienced his first taste of the Champions League and faced his old club Southampton in the Capital One Cup. And through it all, the 19-year old Englishman has taken it all in his stride, so the boss has no hesitation in throwing him into the maelstrom that is the north London derby, as an Arsenal.com report explains, even with the added factor of the new Tottenham manager being the same man he played under at St. Mary’s, Mauricio Pochettino.
Wenger said of Chambers, “I don’t know [how he feels] because he played against Southampton and after he plays against his former manager. The only thing I can say is that he looks like he’s dealing well with the pressure.
“We forget a little bit that top-level competition is first of all pleasure, enjoyment and I just want him to enjoy the game. We forget sometimes that it’s a huge joy to play at that level and I just want him to enjoy it.
“For us he has straight away become a regular player. For a 19-year-old boy that’s very demanding in a club where the requests are very high but he absorbs the game very well, not only physically but as well he deals very well with the huge pressure that is on him for such a big game.
“[The yellow cards worry me] a little bit because he has three yellows and after five you miss a game. But that’s down to the fact that he’s committed and lacks sometimes experience in the challenge.”
With the next two Premier League games being against Spurs and Chelsea, at least we don’t have to worry about that suspension for those big clashes and if he misses one of the next four, against Hull, Sunderland, Burnley and Swansea, it would not be too bad. And for a 19-year old defender just learning his trade, a few cards is nothing to worry about.
As the boss says, he has done brilliantly since joining Arsenal and will hopefully continue that in the derby. COYG