6 tackles, 2 key passes: Did Arsenal star justify his place over Southampton ace?

Chambers, Wilshere, Szczesny celebrate

Arsenal star Calum Chambers shone at right-back as Southampton ace Nathaniel Clyne watched on from the bench.

Arsenal star Calum Chambers was chosen ahead of Southampton ace Nathaniel Clyne for the right-back berth last night and performed well.

The Gunners’ summer signing from the Saints was questioned ahead of kick-off due to a rather subdued display in the 5-0 thrashing of minnows San Marino.

A number of Southampton supporters took to social networking site Twitter to show their preference for right-back Nathaniel Clyne as they believe the 23-year-old to be the better of the two players.

In a bid to find out whether Chambers’s inclusion was justified, we take a look at his performance in the Three Lions’ 1-0 victory and compare it to Clyne’s average stats for the season:

  TeamPosWon Tackle / appsInterception Won / appsEffective Clearance / appsTotal Att Assist / appsPass completionAppsMins
Calum Chambers England DF 6.00 0.00 1.00 2.00 81.4% 1 90
Nathaniel Clyne Southampton DF 2.57 1.43 2.71 0.43 81.7% 7 630

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, both players have seemingly excelled in different categories but from an attacking point of view the Arsenal man shades it.

Defensively, Chambers produced a noteworthy six tackles over the course of the 90 minutes whereas Clyne has averaged just 2.57 per Premier League game on the South Coast.

The Saints man does however hold an advantage in other defensive categories, averaging more interceptions and clearances than Chambers managed to produce in Estonia.

One area in which may have swayed manager Roy Hodgson’s view is from an attacking perspective as the 19-year-old Chambers has accustomed to getting forward as much as possible and he can make things happen.

Last night, he produced two key passes for the visitors, outweighing the 0.43 average Clyne has recorded with the St. Mary’s outfit.

For games such as Estonia away, Hodgson’s men are expected to be on the front foot whilst not giving away anything at the back and Chambers proved himself capable of applying that mentality accordingly.

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