Calum Chambers has hinted that he may change position in the future.
The Arsenal summer recruit has played at centre-back during his time at the Emirates Stadium so far, after previously spending his professional career at right-back during his time at Southampton, but Chambers feels his versatility could be put to the test again in the future.
The 19-year-old English prospect admits he feels more comfortable at the heart of his defence than he did in his previous role, but suggested that he wouldn’t mind changing again in the future.
“I can play in holding midfield so I might end up having a go at that too,” Chambers said to the club's official site. “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.”
He has impressed there, too, during his first few appearances for the Gunners, but keeping his position there may be tough in the future.
The return of Per Mertesacker should see him continue his duopoly of the centre-back spots in Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up with Laurent Koscielny.
The pairing created one of the sturdiest pairings in defence across the whole division last season and their form has already forced Thomas Vermaelen out of North-London - so it will be a tough ask for Chambers to maintain his regular spot there.
Indeed, Wenger has already commented that he intends to use his £16 million signing in a defensive midfield role in the future – adding credence to Chambers’ suggestion that he may have to adapt to a new position.
Arsenal’s options in this position are weaker than anywhere else in their squad and if Chambers can impress there it would be a major boost.
There was a feeling that Wenger may opt to purchase an established midfield enforcer this summer, but after deals for William Carvalho and Sami Khedira didn’t materialise he looks set to go with what he currently has.
Could Chambers perform as a defensive midfielder?