Calum Chambers is a centre-half by trade but has spent his loan spell at relegation-battlers Fulham as a holding midfielder.
And while playing out of position in a struggling side may not have been the season Chambers envisaged when he moved across to West London, he feels it will help his longer term development.
He told Sky Sports: “”When I do drop back to centre-half it is only going to help me on the ball. I now know what a midfielder would want from me as a centre-half, when you want the ball and when you might not want the ball.
“I can take all of these things back with me when I do move back to centre-half. It is going to be beneficial as these are all things I will add to my game.”
It has become clear from Unai Emery’s initial period at Arsenal that he is still in need of defensive improvements.
Laurent Koscielny has battled back manfully but age is taking its toll and the injury to Rob Holding was a hammer blow. But just as Holding was developing so well under Emery, Chambers will hope to do the same next season.
And Arsenal are in need of a dependable, ball-playing centre-half of the right age and Chambers can be that man, perhaps with Holding alongside him.