Mow that we have all digested the devastating news that Francis Coquelin will be out for at least two months (that means much longer….) an Mikel Arteta is also out for the short-term, which leaves Matthieu Flamini as the only recognised defensive midfielder in the squad.
Arsene Wenger may have said “I will do what I have to do in January” but the transfer window is still over a month away and we have many many games to get through before then. There is no way the aging Flamini can play every single game, but Wenger admitted he has had another squad player lined up for the role. “We have players that can play in [Coquelin’s] position,” he said. “Chambers has been educated in that position.”
Hm I’m not sure that Wenger might be clutching at straws there, because the last we heard was that Chambers used to be a ight back and was now in training to be a centre-back. In fact he said just two days ago: “I’m not getting as much game time but concentrating on training, playing with the players that are here is only going to help me improve. Learning from the players like Per and Koscielny, I feel I can talk to them during sessions.
“If I want to get a bit of advice or learn something about the position, I feel it is easy to go up to them and talk to them. I can watch them in games and study the way they play and that is only going to benefit me so even though I’m not playing as many games, I’m taking advantage of it and learning.”
Does that sound like he’s learning to be a defensive midfielder? From Koscielny and the BFG?