Arsenal boss Wenger reveals possible new position for Calum Chambers

Chambers, Wilshere, Szczesny celebrate

Arsenal’s Calum Chambers has played across the back four this season.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told reporters from The Sun that he sees Calum Chambers as either a centre-back or a central midfielder and intends to play him there during pre-season.

The 20-year-old star moved to the Gunners from Southampton for a £16 million transfer fee last summer, signing as a defender capable of playing in any position across the back four.

His roles early in the campaign became largely dependent on who he was replacing, as both Per Mertesacker and Mathieu Debuchy suffered injury setbacks.

His performances earned widespread praise and an England international call-up ensued, though Roy Hodgson played him at right-back rather than through the middle.

Despite playing a number of games at the Emirates as a right-back, Wenger instead reveals he intends on developing him through the middle and is eager to even push him up to midfield.

“I believe that Calum will be a centre-back, more than a right-back and I want to develop him more as a centre-back — even a central midfielder," he said.

“What makes me think that is first his stature, he is 6ft and the fact he is intelligent, reads the game well and is more at ease in the middle.

“He has the stamina, the power and the quality to be a central midfielder or a central defender. I have players who have more experience than he has, but in pre-season I will play him there.”

Competition for Francis Coquelin?

Competition for places at centre-back is tough due to the current Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny partnership, plus January transfer window signing Gabriel Paulista.

However, in midfield Francis Coquelin is the only defensive midfielder capable of playing regularly and excelling in his role, regardless of the opposition.

A new defensive midfielder – even if it’s competition for Coquelin - has been sounded out in the media as a must-buy for Wenger this summer, but perhaps he is instead looking from within for answers.

If Chambers proves to be capable of filling the role, it could ultimately save the North Londoners both time and expense to instead focus on bolstering other areas of the squad.

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