Arsene Wenger explains why Chambers can be ideal Coquelin replacement

Calum Chambers

The Gunners boss has also explained why a defensive midfielder is so key to his side.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has explained why defender Calum Chambers can be a viable option in defensive midfield.

The Gunners lost first-choice Francis Coquelin to a long-term injury in the weekend loss to West Bromwich Albion.

They also lost Mikel Arteta to injury in that game, leaving Wenger with just Mathieu Flamini as an option for that crucial defensive midfield role.

It has been suggested that Chambers can provide cover in the position during this injury crisis, and Wenger has explained why he should have no problem filling that post.

“Calum Chambers has been educated as a central midfielder,” he told arsenal.com.

“He has a big stature, good technique, good vision as well. He has played in defensive positions so I think he can develop in the future in a position like defensive midfield.”

Wenger has also explained why having a defensive minded midfielder in his side is so important.

Coquelin has proved to be a b huge success since being brought into the team last season, providing the defensive stability that has allowed the attacking talents like Mesut Ozil to thrive.

And Wenger says it is important to have someone who is efficient in the role to aid them because they are a side that likes to get forward at every opportunity.

“It is very important to balance our team,” he added.

“The defensive role and the efficiency in this position is very important, because we are a team who like to go forward. All teams need a strong, reliable player in every defensive aspect.”

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