Could Chambers and Holding be future for Arsenal and England?

Calum Chambers and Rob Holding put in an impressive display last night to deny West Ham, but could the Arsenal duo become the future partnership for both club and country?

The Gunners beat West Ham 1-0 last night to book their place in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, and whilst they were lacking in attack, the defence has had its praises sung.

The defence was a makeshift one on the night, with rare outings for Mathieu Debuchy, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers all completing the 90 minutes, but alongside Sead Kolasinac they formed a rather impressive back four.

Chambers and Holding may well be the future of the club, with both centre-backs currently only 22 years-old, and their performance last night will have given many hope that we could possibly see a future long-term partnership at the back.

Laurent Koscielny is into the latter stages of his career at the tender age of 32, and injuries have already begun to hinder his career, and the emergence of the duo this season would be a welcome one.

Both Holding and Chambers have been tipped to become England regulars previously, with the latter already earning three caps for the international side, but after struggling for regular action in North London, has found himself out of favour for the Three Lions.

Both have shown the potential to be top defenders, and more performances like last night may well see them considered for a place at the World Cup next summer, but I fear that with us reverting to a back-four once again will see the pair limited in game time, with Mustafi, Monreal and Koscielny battling for central roles also.

Can Holding and Chambers break into Wenger’s first-team plans this term? Could they be the future of Arsenal and England?

Pat J

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    1. My list for Santa was a new Arsenal Manager… Someone who would ask his players to earn their salary… Bench a player that losses the ball as often as Alexis or misplace a pass like Xhaka

  1. Given the number of games we’ve got coming up (10 in 36 days) we’re going to need to rotate.

    Koscielny and Mustafi in particular are injury prone and Monreal (in my opinion) cannot play as centre back in a back four.

    Why not play Chambers and Holding together in a few home games? Let them build a good understanding together. I’m especially pleased that both Debuchy and Kolasinac played well last night in their familiar positions.

    If we’re going to go back to a back four (form and injuries permitting) we’ve got cover in all defensive positions:

    RB: Bellerin, Debuchy and Maitland-Niles
    LB: Monreal, Kolasinac and Maitland-Niles
    CB: Koscielny, Mustafi, Chambers, Holding and even Mertesacker (god love him)

  2. Last night was hardly a proof of anything. Against better opponents and in higher level competitions both have shown obvious weaknesses when really undere pressure. Given that they are still young the may improve, but for me, they are not the top level players, we should be aiming to have at Arsenal.

    1. Time will tell but we had so many promising CBs that failed to improve after 22 years old: Djourou, Senderos, Miquel etc. For the national team, I don’t think that any of them two can become better than Stones, Keane or Jones.

    2. Hear hear to that! Merely being young and fit and English seems to satisfy some fans and cause them to overhype raw youngsters who have as yet done nothing worthwhile in football. I hold out some hope for Holding in the mid-term future, since he is mobile and committed. Chambers is too static and slow IMO to ever be a top CB.

  3. Under Wenger Theo became a 140k a week player and at times even captain, so yeh why not

    Jesus, jut g f ur self old man

  4. For them to become the future of Arsenal and England they need to be playing more than they are, we could play them together against the weaker teams at home in the Prem so they can build a better understanding and bond that good CBS have but at the moment even the so called weaker teams are a challenge for us. What we need is better first team CBS than what we have at the moment as they are hardly setting a good example to the young prospects. It doesn’t matter how well they play with the odd game now and then, its not going to do there confidence any good knowing there going to be dropped the next game.

  5. Despite our poor defensive performances this season Wenger does not seem to trust Holding and Chambers to start together in the Premier League .Mert and Kocielney are over the top,Mustafi is highly erratic and Monreal is a good left back period. Given that we have no chance of winning the League Holding and Chambers should be given the opportunity to prove they can cut it at the highest level. With regard to their England prospects they will of course never be considered unless they are playing well for Arsenal on a regular basis.In terms of ability I feel they are below the likes of Joe Gomez and Harry Maguire who could well play at the World Cup finals.

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