Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole has been talking about Arsenal’s young defender Calum Chambers.
The teenager started life at the Emirates Stadium with some fine performances, although his habit of picking up bookings was something that concerned seasoned onlookers.
That habit came back to bite him this weekend as Chambers was sent off against Stoke City for two bookable offences, leaving Arsenal with an even tougher proposition at the Britannia Stadium.
Arsene Wenger’s side managed to pull two goals back having gone 3-0 down in the first half, but they could not find the equaliser, losing to a side they rarely enjoy playing.
Speaking to BBC Sport in comments later published by the Sport Review, Cole said, of the £16million man, “Calum Chambers is starting to realise what playing week in week out means at a big club.
“Now he needs to step up; he’s at a big club that wants to win championships and compete in the Champions League.”
There is no doubt Chambers has the talent and he is likely to grow into one of the best defenders England has to offer; but he is an Arsenal first-team player now, someone Wenger relies on regularly, and he must up his game as a result.