Calum Chambers reveals his preferred position for Arsenal

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The Arsenal youngster has played in several positions in his career, but has identified the one he wants to specialise in.

Calum Chambers has disclosed just where he sees himself playing for Arsenal in the long-term, in an interview with the Sun.

The Gunners defender, who signed from Southampton in the summer, started the season at his new club at centre back, and put in some strong performances that saw him included in the England squad for both his versatility and his promise.

In the interview Chambers discussed how he came to be involved in central defence for Arsenal initially, a position he never played for the Saints first-team.

"We went to Austria during pre-season and had a training session. The manager told me, “You’re going to be training as a centre-half here because you may have an opportunity to play there at the start of the season”,' the young defender said.

"So I trained at centre-half a few times and it went from there. I made my debut in the Community Shield at Wembley and started a lot of games, Premier League and Champions League in that position."

But the Gunners star is conscious that, although his versatility is a bonus with regards to getting minutes on the pitch, it is nothing like nailing down his own ideal position.

"I don’t want to be known as a utility player who just slots in here, there and everywhere as I want my own secured position," he added

"Long-term, I think I’ll end up as a central defender. It’s my favourite position."

Chambers' game time at the Emirates has dipped somewhat with the emergence of fellow young defender Hector Bellerin.

The Spaniard has been Arsene Wenger's favoured option on the right side of defence with Mathieu Debuchy out injured, and he has started just three games in the league since the New Year's Day defeat to former club Southampton. Bellerin on the other hand has started eight times and grown in stature in recent weeks.

Chambers' three matches have all been at right back, a position that Wenger has tended to utilise the 20-year-old in for much of the campaign.

But with Bellerin impressing and Debuchy still to return, Chambers may have a better chance of first team action as an option in central defence.

The Gunners have Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker as first choice centre backs, and at 29 and 30 respectively, there is only 24-year-old Brazilian Gabriel Paulista as an alternative, meaning the England international may well get his wish to turn out more in the middle of the Arsenal defence than on the side of it.

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