Following Injury to Arsenal captain and defensive midfielder Mikel Arteta, Mathiue Flamini has since assumed the position since the skipper was clipped down in a tackle by Besikatas man Demba Ba in the first leg of Arsenal’s UEFA Champions League Play-off in Turkey. But many believe that Flamini’s time in the defensive midfield position is going to be short lived and that someone would take over from the Frenchman.
But the question is who? will it be from the outside or is that person already within the club’s ranks?
Arsenal signed youngster Calum Chamber in July. A player who in his one year stint at Southampton last term played as a right back but has previously held various role’s in the course of his young career playing as a centre defender and also a defensive-holding midfielder.
Arsene Wenger so far this term has been called upon by many fans to bring in a defensive midfield anchorman to solidify the back of the Arsenal midfield and although the boss is yet to fulfill the wish of his fans, the boss has continuously spoken out about the versatility of the 19-year-old right back he signed from the Saints for 17 million pounds citing that he particularly see’s the young lad much as a defensive midfielder than as a centre back even though the player has gone on to feature for the Gunner’s playing as a centre defender since he’s arrival at the club.
The new boy upon his signing, the sales of Thomas Vermaelen and the return and reintegration of Per Mertesacker into the squad was deployed down the centre of defense pairing with Laurent Koscielny up until Koscielny had an Achilles problem forcing back the return of Per to the defence against Everton last weekend and again along side Chambers.
Wenger has since revealed that he would replace Vermaelen with another defender signing while insisting he hopes to continue giving Chambers more play time on the pitch. How this feat would play out in the coming days is yet to be known. But with the return of both Per and Koscielny, and the addition of the yet to be signed defender, one would foresee Chambers featuring in another position. And where could that be if not the very same place Wenger has repeatedly hinted on.
Dont believe me? perhaps another hint by Chamber himself would make you see reasons as why this theory would eventually come to pass.
The 19-year-old spoke to Arsenal’s official website and here is what he said
“I feel like I read the game better there,”
“I feel more assured in myself there, which is helpful.
“I played at centre back when I was with Southampton Under-16s and then a couple more times for England Under-19s. I have felt a bit more comfortable at centre back in every game I’ve played there.
“I feel that right back can be more demanding physically, because you have to get up and down the pitch more. But it’s hard in every position. You’ve got to be focused throughout the whole game wherever you play.”
“Last year I thought that right back was my position but I’ve started playing at centre back this year, which has made me wonder if that will be my position. Time will tell, but at the moment I’m enjoying it at centre half.
“I can play in holding midfield as well so I might end up having a go at that too!”
The last words of Chambers says it all.
In training a natural defensive holding midfielder, there must have been times where such a player would during the course of his training be placed right at the heart of the defence to enable such player grasp the holding defensive style of his combative attacking nature.
Many world class defensive midfielders today can fit-in right at the centre of any defence without any questions asked about their capabilities when deployed in the position.
So Arsenal fans, we could already have signed our defensive midfielder and since the return of both regular starters at the heart of our defence, Chambers can begin to play out the role in which Wenger has continually hinted him to play for Arsenal and am sure with the bit he has done in his short stint at the heart of the Arsenal defence, he will surely be a solid anchorman for Arsenal in the defensive midfield position.