Per Mertesacker hails Arsenal teammate Calum Chambers

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker says that Calum Chambers is encouraged to venture forward during matches.

Under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have cultivated a culture of playing attacking, attractive and fluid football, and it seems that summer signing Calum Chambers has been indoctrinated in the same philosophy.

The 19-year-old England international joined the Gunners from Southampton in the summer transfer window for a reported transfer fee window of £16 million.

Chambers is a versatile player who has been used both in central defence and at right-back. Originally bought as cover for Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, the teenager is now being deployed at right-back due to the injury to France international Mathieu Debuchy.

The youngster has done well so far for Arsenal and was once again in good form in the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

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Following the Premier League clash which ended in a 1-1 draw, Mertesacker revealed how Chambers has been encouraged to venture forward.

‘We knew we would need every single player when Mathieu Debuchy got injured and he (Chambers) stepped in and has done a remarkable job’, Arsenal’s official website quotes the German World Cup winner as saying.

‘He’s a good talent and we always try to force him to push up and go forwards. He’s a great talent and he showed that today as well’.

Chambers has indeed been a great addition to the Arsenal team and has maintained the consistency that many of his teammates have lacked.

Still 19, the Englishman has a lot to improve and also settle on the defensive position that is most suited to him (click here to read more), but there is little reason to doubt that Chambers will not go off the boil anytime soon.

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