Calum Chambers has an open path in front of him that will give the starlet an opportunity to shine, as Mathieu Debuchy is ruled out injured for more than three months.
Arsenal’s boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that first-choice right-back Debuchy has had ankle surgery after damaging a ligament during the 2-2 draw against Manchester City earlier this month, and it will take a minimum period of three months to recover.
“He has had surgery and will be out for three months,” Wenger told Arsenal.com.
“It all went well, but it can be a week or two earlier or a week or two later, but it will be around three months."
It will give Arsenal's £16million summer signing Chambers a massive chance to progress with the club and get more experience in the Premier League, now becoming first-choice for the period of Debuchy's recovery.
The 19-year-old defender is another outstanding product of the Southampton youth system and has already appeared on eight occasions with the Gunners.
However, the inexperienced youngster already picked up three yellow cards in a round of five league fixtures and, then, a fourth one in Arsenal’s Champions League play-off match against Besiktas earlier this month.
Wenger will have to be careful with Chambers if he doesn’t want to have to play his third-choice full-back, which would definitely affect Arsenal’s defensive display.
Chambers has appeared in last weekend's 3-0 win against Aston Villa and will have to keep his work-rate high in order to keep improving and help increase Arsenal's good winning run against top rivals Tottenham Hotspur - winning four of their previous five meetings - as the North Londoners meet this weekend at the Emirates Stadium.
He continued: “It is a blow of course, how big it will be we will only know afterwards because it will be down to how well we replace him. We bought [Calum] Chambers for that.”
Chambers went through the Southampton youth academy system, famously known for having developed top players of the moment, with the likes of most expensive player in the world Gareth Bale and youngest player in Premier League history Theo Walcott.
After breaking into the Saints’ first team two years ago, Chambers started 18 games last season and contributed to the keeping of six clean sheets during that run of matches.
Now the 19-year-old defender is looking to strengthen his abilities and skills with the Frenchman, Wenger, and being successful while Debuchy is left out in the first-half of this campaign, it would give him a huge lift to become a top player.
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