Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has claimed that he sees his future at centre-half, or in a similar position to that of Francis Coquelin.
The 20-year-old was signed from Southampton as a right-back but has since predominantly been used at the heart of the defence, with Arsene Wenger previously expressing his desire to shift Chambers into a more central player.
The emergence of teammate Hector Bellerin also meant that for the ex-Southampton man to feature in the Arsenal side, he would have to shift position.
Despite featuring at right-back in the Spaniard’s absence on Saturday afternoon in the 2-1 win over Burnley, Chambers, as reported by the club’s official website, admitted that he sees his future either at the heart of the defence or in midfield.
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I want to be in the first team now.
I’m training as hard as I can and learning and you take it on the chin. I’m pleased with how things have gone.
I’m learning in the background. I’m not playing as much and I’m getting on in a few games. I feel like I’m learning in training and watching players in my positions. I have started training in that holding midfield role and played a few games there which was enjoyable.
I still see myself as centre back and maybe a holding central midfielder. It gives you an opportunity to play. If you are [able to play] in different positions it gives you more of a chance to play and having the knowledge where you want the ball in different positions.
I’m just concentrating on getting games and training hard and trying to get myself in the squad and the team. I’m just trying to make myself stronger and get nearer the team and things like that. You can’t let yourself get frustrated and you have to remain focused. You have to keep your eye on the goal and concentrate on yourself.
Arsenal face Chambers’ former side on Tuesday evening when they take on Southampton at the Emirates Stadium, looking to move to the top of the Premier League table after a tough three games in which they have amassed just two points.