Now is the time for Calum Chambers to shine at Arsenal

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The moment every Arsenal fan feared has come. Francis Coquelin is now injured. However, it might not be all doom and gloom, because Calum Chambers could be their saviour. 

The Gunners knew an injury to Coquelin would occur at some point. It was always going to be unrealistic to expect the Frenchman to play out the full season without picking up some sort of niggle. 

The bad news for the north London club is that it's more than just a niggle. Three months is being suggested. That would see the combative midfielder miss games against Manchester City, away to Liverpool, away to Stoke, Chelsea and possibly even the trip to Old Trafford at the end of February. 


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The frustrating thing for Arsenal supporters is that they knew this day would come at some point and they knew the club would find it difficult to replace him. Questions are now being asked of the manager, as they try to understand why a defensive midfielder wasn't signed in the summer.

Mikel Arteta has been trialed there without much success. Mathieu Flamini doesn't seem to have the pace needed to fill the role adequately either. 

Arsenal could however, turn to Chambers. Wenger feels he could be the man to solve Arsenal's problems. The Express report Wenger as saying: “Calum Chambers has been educated as a central midfielder.

"He has a big stature, good technique, good vision as well.

“He has played in defensive positions so I think he can develop in the future in a position like defensive midfield."

He has the ability to play there

The last time Chambers played defensive midfield was against Southampton on new year's day, when the Gunners lost 2-0 at St Mary's. 

Wenger clearly believes that he does have the capabilities to play that role and with a lack of options in that area what choice does he have. 

He seemingly possesses more movement than his colleagues Flamini and Arteta, so it could be worth a shot. At the beginning of his Arsenal career he started off brilliantly at centre half, but since then has been limited to very few appearances.

His last start came at home to Liverpool, in which the Englishman struggled to get to grips with the tempo of the match and was understandably rusty.  

Chambers still has a lot of time of time on his side - at 20-years-old, he could easily learn the holding role. There wouldn't be any harm in trying it, especially considering the transfer market is over a month away. 

Even then, the winter window is always difficult to sign players, with clubs reluctant to let go of key players during the middle of the season.

Experience required 

Wenger could even deploy the England U21 international alongside Flamini in tough matches against Manchester City and Liverpool. To give his side a bit more stability. 

That way Chambers can make up for Flamini's lack of pace, while the Frenchman can guide Chambers through the game with his experience. A partnership that could complement each other well and could be appealing to Wenger.

The former Southampton player needs someone to look up to. You could argue that the move to Arsenal was too soon for a player of his age.

These are the sort of moments where the Gunners need leaders they have been craving for. Chambers needs someone to look up to. Players like Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Flamini need to mentor him through these matches.

This will be a huge test for the north London side to see if they have title credentials and if they do in fact have leaders in the dressing room. As well as a huge opportunity for Chambers to live up to his potential, and stamp his authority on this Arsenal side.  

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