Calum Chambers may have all but disappeared from the Arsenal squad in the second half of last season, but he is obviously enjoying his football. He is currently with the England U21s at the Toulon Tournament, and last night he captained the side that beat Japan 1-0 and are now through to the Final after winning all four games so far.
Proud moment walking out today with the captains armband on! On to the Final ? pic.twitter.com/Io70p0IY9M
— Calum Chambers (@CalumChambers95) May 27, 2016
It would great for his confidence if he can captain his country to win a trophy, and perhaps next season he will be ready for a more regular place in Wenger’s starting X! Chambers himself feels like this season has still been part of his apprenticeship. Just a couple of weeks ago, Calum told the official Arsenal website: “You have to grow up very quickly,” he told Arsenal Player. “I remember moving to the first-team dressing room with Southampton for the first time at the start of the season.
“The jump from academy football to first-team football was huge. You are around grown men all the time and you are not used to it. The training is a lot more physical and you have to learn how to deal with it and cope with it as quickly as possible. That is a very important stage of growing up in football.
“The mental challenges [you face] are obviously being confident within yourself and in your ability for your first few sessions with the first team or when you move to the dressing room. [You need to] show everyone what you can do.
“That is one of the important things. Also, when you first go from academy grounds to stadiums with a lot of people watching, that is hard to start with, but you have to learn to be comfortable with it and deal with it.
“When you get into that environment, you can be uncomfortable. When you have done it once or twice, you feel that excitement and buzz from the crowd and you just want to do it more and more.”
Could it be possible that Wenger will NOT be bringing in a new centre-back this summer, and promote Chambers instead?