I am pretty sure that every Arsenal fan is counting the days until the January transfer window opens and Arsene Wenger can do what a lot of us thought he should have done in the summer, namely sign at least one outfield player to strengthen the Arsenal squad and provide cover for when the, inevitable, injury crisis starts to bite.
Until then, however, thae manager has got a month of games in the Premier League to get over, not to mention the match against Olympiacos in Athens that will decide whether we stay in the Champions League or have to plat in the Europa League on Thursday nights after the new year.
So the boss has a few big decisions to make and will be hoping that one or two of the currently crocked Arsenal players are fit again soon. His biggest problem, however, is what to do in central midfield with Francis Coquelin ruled out long term.
So far he has tried Arteta, which was nothing short of a disaster at West Brom, and Flamini, who did okay but not brilliantly and is thought to be unable to play 90 minutes of every game. Another option suggested by Wenger is Calum Chambers who has apparently been working at the role in training.
Wenger clearly has him in mind and so Chambers was given 90 minutes at defensive midfield for the under 21s last night. And according to the reserve coach Steve Gatting, the 20-year old was very impressive.
He told Arsenal Player, “It was great for the lads to play with him. 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.
“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.”
So after impressing for the under 21s, will we see Chambers get the chance to be Arsenal’s first team defensive midfielder?