Arsenal's Calum Chambers v loanee Carl Jenkinson compared, a clear winner

Arsenal's Calum Chambers is so far outperforming Carl Jenkinson, on loan at West Ham.


Arsenal signing Calum Chambers had a poor game against Swansea City at the weekend, given a rough time by winger Jefferson Montero.

It is he however, rather than Gunners colleague Carl Jenkinson, who has been named in the England squad for this week's matches.

Jenkinson is out on loan at West Ham, having been expected to be back-up at right-back for Arsenal this season, only for Mathieu Debuchy's injury to hand a chance to Chambers, who has slotted in ahead of Hector Bellerin in the pecking order.

After an injury hit spell early on for the Hammers, Jenkinson has forced his way into the team, helping keep a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw against Aston Villa at the weekend.

The statistics show however that it is Chambers who has been the superior player this season, outperforming Jenkinson in several key categories.

  TeamWon Tackles per gameInterceptions per gameAerial Duels won per gamePassing AccuracyCrossing AccuracyAppearances
Calum Chambers Arsenal 2.3 1.8 1.5 87% 10% 10
Carl Jenkinson West Ham 1.13 1 0.25 83% 7% 8

Chambers is superior in terms of defensive and offensive attributes, with his crossing and passing more accurate, and more efficient in terms of tackling, interceptions and winning headers.

Jenkinson has been playing well for the Hammers though, and the one-sided comparison says more about the excellent adjustment of Chambers, the Swansea game aside, than it does about his progress.

He is on course to get a whole season of first team football under his belt, while Chambers can be expected to be shunted around and even dropped when Mathieu Debuchy returns.

Arsenal could even probably do with Jenkinson back right now to play centre-back, but fans will have to hope Arsene Wenger's long-term vision for his prospects pays off, rather than bemoan his short-term absence.

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