Arsenal manager Unai Emery was keen to praise Calum Chambers for his versatility after the 5-0 EFL Cup thumping of Nottingham Forest on Tuesday, as per Arsenal’s official website.
He said: “He helped. He helped us in the training, in the dressing room and when you need him to play right back, centre back, left back like tonight, and we can use him in the midfield also. His performance is starting with his attitude and his attitude is amazing.
“After that is his best position, but tonight for example I was telling him, when he was playing left back, be calm here, help and support Bukayo, give the ball to Dani Ceballos and he was overlapping a lot of times with Bukayo! He did one very good pass for the goal with Nelson.”
That versatility can sometimes be a curse for a player, stopping them from ever nailing down a spot in one position – so where is Chambers best?
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Chambers set up three goals on Tuesday, starting off at right back before switching to the left; where he retained confidence despite it being a makeshift position.
He may well prove to be a more effective right back deputy than Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the short term, but Chambers lacks the pace and dynamism the very top full backs have.
The former Southampton man belongs at centre half, where he can read the game, attack the ball and he’s quick by the standards of centre halves, just not of full backs.
£50,000-a-week (Spotrac) Chambers could help out in holding midfield, where Arsenal still lack bite at times, but consistently switching from defence to midfield doesn’t tend to do much for a player’s development.