Report: Arsenal prepping versatile Chambers to cover for injured Francis Coquelin

Arsenal star Calum Chambers could feature in midfield against Olympiakos.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has deployed Calum Chambers in a midfield role in training as he bids to overcome the absence of Francis Coquelin.

The Gunners were dealt a massive blow when Coquelin was ruled out for three months with a knee ligament injury sustained in the 2-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

His absence leaves them short on quality defensive-minded midfielders, with questions being raised over the durability of duo Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta.

With the January transfer window still three to four weeks away, Wenger has a dilemma on his hands and one potential solution, he feels, may come in the form of versatile defender Chambers.

“Arsene Wenger is considering using Calum Chambers as an emergency central defensive midfielder to ease his selection crisis. The England Under 21 international is understood to have been deployed in the position in training in recent days,” the report states.

Chambers is predominantly a defender and has largely featured at both centre-back and right-back since joining the North Londoners from Southampton 18 months ago.

But Eric Dier’s success at rivals Tottenham Hotspur could see Chambers perform a similar job for the Gunners. There is certainly no questioning his strength and athleticism.

With Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla also ruled out of action with injury, Arsenal head into their key Champions League clash with Olympiakos in a rather desperate shape.

But they have come back from worse positions in the past, and putting Chambers in alongside another midfielder in a holding role could ultimately turn out to be an excellent decision.

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