There are a lot of good things happening at Arsenal right now, but there are also a handful of questions that still need to be addressed. One such question we have is this: what in the world has happened to Calum Chambers? When he was first brought into the club many fans saw it as a sign that the club was doing everything they could to fix their defensive problems. While that likely was the case it felt like he was thrust into the spotlight far too soon, and thus, his form wound up suffering as a result.
According to the BBC, Arsenal defender Calum Chambers is set to join London rivals Fulham on a season-long loan deal. The report suggests that the player just needs to agree on personal terms with Cottagers before completing the move.
The 23-year-old has only recently signed a contract extension in north London. However, it seems that he is moving to Craven Cottage for more regular first team football this season.
Pushed down the pecking order by new arrivals
The summer arrivals of Swiss international defender Stephan Lichtsteiner and Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has seen Chambers fall down the pecking order at the north London.
Calum Chambers hasn’t always necessarily had the easiest of roads at the Emirates, and despite being dubbed as a ‘youngster’, at 23 years of age, you could argue that he’s only a few years away from the prime of his career. Since arriving back in 2014 he’s made over 50 appearances for the club and has managed to enjoy a handful of effective showings in an Arsenal top, but unfortunately, the consistency has eluded him – until now, we hope.
Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has signed a new contract with the north London club. The move comes after new Gunners boss Unai Emery reportedly told the former Southampton star he is in his plans for next season.
Chambers has struggled to nail down a starting position in North London since moving to the Gunners in 2014 from Southampton.
Not lived up to his supposed potential yet
The reason that Chambers has not yet nailed down a regular starting position is that he has not yet lived up to his supposed potential. Chambers arrived at Arsenal as one of the most promising young defenders in the country.
Arsenal have made their list of players released public on Friday, and among others, it contains the names of Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere.
Mertesacker has retired from playing professional football at a relatively disappointing age of 33. However, the former Germany international has been plagued with injuries and his decision to stop playing is certainly not without reason. He made as little as 12 appearances for Arsenal last season, while in 2016/17 he took to the pitch only twice.
The Arsenal players are often accused of lacking characters and bottling it in big games. The Gunners away performances, not only this season but at times last season as well, show that the players are simply not strong enough mentally to play for a club the size of Arsenal.
Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle means that the Gunners have lost their last five away games on their travels in the top-flight. In fact, the north London side has won just one of their last nine away games in the Premier League.
Arsenal suffered a 2-1 home defeat in their Europa League last 32 second leg against Ostersunds, but recorded a 4-2 aggregate victory in the tie.
Ostersunds started brightly and Hector Bellerin needed to block an effort Jamie Hopcutt from the middle of the area on five minutes. Arsenal offered their first real threat on 14 minutes, as an Alex Iwobi shot from the corner of the area completely missed the target. A minute later Papagiannopoulos fired over the bar.
Arsenal’s defensive vulnerabilities are no secret and they were there for all to see in Wednesday night’s 2-2 home draw with London rivals Chelsea.
Fortunately, Blues Spanish striker Alvaro Morata was out-of-form and missed a number of good opportunities for the visitors.
The Gunners backline of Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers is obviously not the first choice back three. However, even when Arsenal do have their first choice back three, they look vulnerable at the back.
Arsenal need to add senior centre-backs
West Brom held Arsenal to a frustrating 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League.
The home side offered the first threat on goal on seven minutes. Matt Phillips chipped a good ball into Jay Rodriguez, whose header failed to trouble Petr Cech.
The Gunners offered their first threat on the home goal on nine minutes. Alexandre Lacazette picked up the ball on the edge of the area and found space. However, the striker’s effort deflected wide of goal off a Baggies defender.
Arsenal are in huge need of a much-needed win over Everton at the weekend following their awful 2-1 defeat at the hands of Watford.
The Gunners currently sit in sixth place in the league with 13 points, and they are already nine points behind Manchester City at the top. Following a good run of form where they were unbeaten following a 4-0 loss to Liverpool on August 27th, they somehow conspired to waste all of their gathered momentum in classic Arsenal style.