Calum Chambers puts in 'excellent' defensive midfield performance for Arsenal U21s

Calum Chambers impressed in a defensive midfield role forArsenal's under-21 side last night as Arsene Wenger weighs up his options in the absence of Francis Coquelin.

The 20-year-old was bought in the summer of 2014 with the intention of joining Arsenal's ranks at centre-back and offering cover on the right flank.

However injuries to Coquelin, Santi Cazorla and club captain Mikel Arteta have left Wenger short on options to play in the deep-lying two and he has spent time in training working with Chambers in that position.

That experiment continued on Monday night, when Steve Gatting's under-21s travelled to the Amex to take on Brighton & Hove Albion. Chambers played the full 90 minutes in a 2-1 win and made an impressive case to his manager for the game.

"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 told the club website.

"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."

Mathieu Flamini has started both games so far since Arsenal lost Coquelin for a 12-week period due to a knee ligament injury sustained in a 2-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

However Wenger remains keen to see more of Chambers in a defensive midfield role before he decides whether to add to his ranks in January.

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