Per Mertesacker says Arsenal teammate Calum Chambers can develop into top centre-back

The Arsenal player has been talking about his fellow defender.

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has been speaking to the club’s official website about his young teammate Calum Chambers.

The 20-year-old impressed soon after arriving from Southampton in 2014 and he ended last season with 36 appearances in all competitions. But a year on he has struggled for minutes and has appeared only three times for Arsenal since the summer.

But despite having to make do with a place on the bench more often than not this season, Chambers has still been praised by his experienced Arsenal teammate.

Speaking to, Mertesacker said, “It’s really good to have him so we can improve. You never stop working, you never stop doing things because there’s someone behind you – in a respectful way – who is giving absolutely everything in every single training session.

“When he does that, he’s got a great chance to develop as one of the top centre-backs.”

It should not be forgotten just how young Chambers remains and his talent is such that he really should go on to become a star both for his club and his country.

While Hector Bellerin has made the right-back slot his own at Arsenal, Mertesacker is not getting any younger and it will not be long before Chambers is competing only with Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista for a starting spot.

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