Mikel Arteta comments on Arsenal teammate Calum Chambers’s best position

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Calum Chambers will eventually become a full-time centre-back, says Arsenal teammate Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta believes that teammate Calum Chambers will eventually go on to become a full-time centre-back.

England international Chambers is one of the most versatile players in the Premier League and can play in a number of positions.

The 19-year-old has been deployed at right-back, in central defence and in defensive midfield by manager Arsene Wenger so far this season.

The youngster has impressed in all of those positions, although there is still room for improvement.

One suspects that in the coming years Chambers will eventually settle on one position, and midfielder Arteta believes it to be in central defence.

"Calum is very versatile and I've been impressed with him, with the way he approaches games, the way he plays in different positions, how brave he is and how well he makes his decisions,” the 32-year-old told the official matchday programme.

“He played in front of the defence on New Year's Day and if he starts to play there a little bit, I think he's got some very good conditions.

"Which is his best position at the moment? I don't know, it's hard to say. I would think he's probably going to be a centre-back, but he's been playing very well at right-back as well.”

Perhaps it is time for Wenger to listen to Arteta and start the process of making Chambers a ‘full-time’ centre-back rightaway.

Mathieu Debuchy is the undisputed right-back with Hector Bellerin his understudy, while Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal are the two left-backs in the Arsenal team.

It is in central defence that lies the main problem. With Per Mertesacker not looking too reliable, perhaps it is now time to play Chambers more frequently alongside Laurent Koscielny, fitness permitting.

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