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Can Ranieri turn Chambers into a perfect Torreira back-up at Arsenal?

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Can Ranieri turn Chambers into a perfect Torreira back-up at Arsenal?

Calum Chambers is now playing as a holding midfielder. Could this be his future at Arsenal?

After Calum Chambers started the season poorly on loan at Fulham, many doubted that he had much of a future at Arsenal.

Chambers was operating at right-back on in central defence but he was part of a leaky back line under Slavisa Jokanovic.

With Unai Emery building his squad at Arsenal, it seemed that Chambers would be left behind.

But since Claudio Ranieri has taken over at Craven Cottage, Chambers has thrived in a new role.

Ranieri has the 23-year-old playing as a combative holding midfielder and he is adapting very quickly to the demands of his role.

 

Against Chelsea, the ex-Southampton man held his own against the likes of Jorginho, Ngolo Kante and Mateo Kovacic.

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Chambers is far from the finished article as a central midfielder; his passing could do with some work.

But there are some promising signs here. Could Ranieri turn Chambers into a midfielder on a full-time basis?

If Chambers can reinvent himself as a defensive midfielder, he might have a future at The Emirates Stadium.

Admittedly, it would be almost impossible to oust new fans’ favourite Lucas Torreira if he maintains his current form.

But as a back-up to the Uruguayan midfielder, this could be Chambers’ long-term calling with the Gunners.

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NCTJ-qualified sports journalist with a passion for playing and writing about football. West Ham fan.

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