It is still impossible to say whether the new Arsenal and England international defender Calum Chambers is going to spend most of his playing career at right back or in the centre of defence, because the 19-year old has shown that he has the ability and the right attitude to both very well.
It seemed at first, for Arsenal at least, that Chambers was signed more for his skills in the centre of defence, with Wenger suggesting as much. But the injury to our France international Mathieu Debuchy has meant that the Gunners have needed him on the right.
And the England boss Roy Hodgson has showed that he is suitably impressed with the youngster in that role by playing him there in both of the recent internationals. There has even been talk about Chambers possibly being able to do a good job as a defensive midfielder as well, so he is clearly blessed with great ability.
And that has really impressed the Poland international that keeps goal behind him, as an Arsenal.com report reveals. Szczesny is even more impressed with the way the young player conducts himself, though, as rather than being full of the confidence and brashness of youth, Chambers has shown himself to be humble and respectful and that confidence only comes out when he is playing.
The Arsenal keeper said, “It is a strange one because I would imagine that to be very successful at 19 you need to be massively confident, maybe overconfident at times.
“But Calum isn’t – he’s very humble, very quiet and he shows his confidence on the pitch. It is a massive quality because he looks very comfortable, whether you play him at right back or centre back.
“He is comfortable on the ball, he is comfortable defending and he is very strong as well. He has been a massive signing.
“The pressure was on him as well because he was 19, he came to a big club and he went straight into the starting XI but he has been coping very well.”
I must admit to having my doubts about Wenger signing a relatively untried teenager in the summer, especially for around £16 million, but it looks like Wenger and his scouting team have got this one spot on. But what is his best position?