Arsenal legend: This is why Calum Chambers struggled against Everton

Arsenal legend Alan Smith believes that playing alongside Per Mertesacker affected Calum Chambers’s performance against Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.

Calum Chambers had his worst game in an Arsenal shirt on Saturday, but his disappointing performance against Everton was not entirely his fault.

That’s the opinion of Arsenal legend Alan Smith, who has explained why the 19-year-old defender struggled at Goodison Park in the Premier League in his column for The Telegraph.

The Englishman struggled to cope with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and committed some fouls he should not have.

Chambers also made a few wrong decisions, but Smith believes that he should not be vilified for his display against a side who are genuine challengers for a top-four finish in the league this season.

‘You also have to place this performance into proper context’, he wrote. ‘Chambers lined up next to a partner in Mertesacker who clearly isn’t fully fit after returning to training only a fortnight ago. The rustiness of the big German’s game certainly didn’t help someone so new to Arsenal’s set-up’.

In his column, Smith, who won the league twice and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup once with the Gunners, went on to claim that Chambers is ‘better on the ball than both Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny’.

  TeamPosTotal PassAccurate PassTouchesTotal ClearanceInterceptionAerial WonWon TackleAppsMins
Calum Chambers Arsenal DF 49 47 64 10 1 3 2 1 90
Per Mertesacker Arsenal DF 47 43 60 6 3 1 1 1 90

Chambers, who can play in central defence, right-back and midfield, is indeed a bright prospect and did look strong against Manchester City in the FA Community Shield, Crystal Palace in the Premier League and Besiktas in the Champions League qualifier.

One poor game should not affect Arsenal fans’ positive opinion of Chambers, but his performance against Everton did prove that he has a lot to learn.

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