Arsenal coach says Calum Chambers was excellent for the U21s

Arsenal star Calum Chambers could feature in a holding midfield role.

Arsenal coach Steve Gatting says versatile defender Calum Chambers was excellent as he featured in a holding midfield role during the U21s 2-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion, report.

Francis Coquelin’s three-month injury layoff has prompted a huge dilemma for Arsene Wenger.

The decision not to buy a midfielder in the summer now looks a poor one, and the situation is made worse considering Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla all have current fitness problems.

With a key European clash against Olympiakos on the horizon, the Gunners are running out of answers.

However, one potential option is to copy rivals Tottenham Hotspur and trial former Southampton youngster Calum Chambers in a holding role, similar to Spurs’ versatile defender Eric Dier.

And it appears that is what Wenger is looking at, with Chambers featuring at defensive midfield in the U21 victory over Brighton and putting in a performance Gatting describes as excellent.

“I think it was good for Calum to get 90 minutes under his belt and for such a young lad he has got a lot of experience and tonight I thought he was excellent,” Gatting explained.

“The boss has seen him play several positions and it is handy for the first team to have a player like Calum. He can perhaps play in central defence, at right back and in midfield and he gives the boss options and that is good for Calum to play in different options."

Chambers played the full 90 minutes in central midfield and helped the Gunners youngsters come from behind to beat a talented Brighton side at the Amex Stadium.

The England international may have little Premier League experience in midfield, but the same could be said of Coquelin ahead of his inclusion and Wenger right now doesn’t have many other alternatives.

Arsenal host an improving Sunderland side this weekend before they travel to Greece to take on Olympiakos in a match they need to win by two clear goals in order to progress.

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