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Carragher, Campbell, Wenger big-up Chambers but Dixon spots flaw

Arsenal's wonderkid recruit Calum Chambers has attracted widespread praise but not everybody has been swift to offer commendation.

Recruited from Southampton earlier in the summer for £12 million, a fee that could rise to £16 million based on appearances and trophy wins, Arsenal utility Calum Chambers arrived in North London without the ticker-tape title-contending heralding that Alexis Sanchez's signing signified.

However, the manner in which he has adapted to senior level training with the Gunners and his ability to seemingly slot straight into Arsene Wenger's first-team has left Gunners fans purring.

The timing of his challenges in Tuesday evening's third qualifying round Champions League encounter at Besiktas belied his teenage years, he made crucial clearances and also appeared aerially strong. However, he was out-hustled and out-muscled by the physically-superior former Chelsea star Demba Ba.

There is much to be admired about the young Gun, though, and he attracted plaudits from numerous admirers including Sol Campbell in the ITV studios, Jamie Carragher on Twitter and manager Wenger on the club's official website.

Invincible-era centre back Campbell said: "Overall he's played really well and has handled the situation [of playing away from home at European level]."

Wenger added: "I think once again he was very convincing in his performance on a pitch that was not easy. He has done extremely well."

Jamie Carragher said: "What a performance from Chambers in this first half. It was in a hostile atmosphere in a game with pressure but he looks top draw."

Chambers nearly besmirched his strong performance as a defensive slip led to an opening for Besiktas and a potential goal, but Arsenal finished the match with their sheet clean. "I nearly jinxed him… but I'm really impressed and that was good preperation for Goodison Park and Romelu Lukaku," the erstwhile Liverpool mainstay finished.

Not all underlined the player's highlights and legendary Arsenal left back Lee Dixon pointed out a flaw in the player's approach, one which can perhaps be improved on at the training ground as Chambers continues to develop from a teenager into a peak-sized athlete.

"Watching him in the centre, he's not as quick as I thought he'd be. He made a couple mistakes but he is confident and a good reader of the game."

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