Should Calum Chambers play right back for the rest of the season?

Hector Bellerin has been in and out of the team in recent week, with Mikel Arteta rotating between he Spaniard, Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers.

Chambers had a very good game against Sheffield United and Arteta seems to like to play him when we face a side who are big and strong – his extra height at corners a key asset.

Three of his 4 starts in recent weeks have come against Burnley, West Ham and Sheffield United.

His performances in those games has given Arteta a headache for games ahead where teams are not so good in the air.

Whilst not blessed with electric pace, Chambers has shown he has the engine to get up and down the pitch and support the attack. His delivery from wide areas is also good.

It is a common myth in football that full backs need to be pacey. They do not.

The likes of Branislav Ivanovic and César Azpilicueta have been stalwarts for Chelsea over the last decade. Neither blessed with pace.

And Chambers showed Sunday when Oliver Burke looked to get the run on him that he does have enough pace to get back.

People will always point to that game against Swansea when Chambers was destroyed by Jefferson Montero as to why he should not play at right back. But that was 7 years ago.

Jefferson Montero is in the same ball park as Adama Traore, Allan Saint-Maximin.

Blessed with blistering pace, on their day they can destroy the best full backs in the world. But their best days happen once or twice a season.

Chambers was unlucky to be facing Jefferson Montero when he had one of those games. And has since been unfairly labelled as “not a right back”.

We must remember that Chambers career began with Southampton at right back; and Arsenal bought him based on his break through season where he played exclusively there.

Throughout his career, he has played full back, centre back and central midfield.

He has been labelled too slow to play full back, not physical enough to play centre back and not good enough on the ball to play in midfield. But he is a good player.

Should Arteta take the risk and keep with Chambers at right back for the rest of the season?



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.