Calum Chambers reveals where Wenger sees his future - new Adams?

Arsene Wenger Looks On

Arsenal's wonderkid recruit has explained that club manager Arsene Wenger can see him provide cover for right back, centre back and midfield.

Arsenal have a completely new right back duo.

With Bacary Sagna's free transfer to Manchester City and his deputy last season Carl Jenkinson's prospective loan deal to West Ham United, the Gunners have welcomed primary target Mathieu Debuchy and understudy full back Calum Chambers to North London from Newcastle United and Southampton, respectively.

Debuchy, a career right back, will continue his long-standing role in his new club, however, for Chambers - a versatile 19-year-old - his long-term future could see him provide competition at centre back, or even in defensive midfield.

Reminiscing over a discussion he had with Arsene Wenger recently, the teenager said: "He said that he sees me at right back, centre back and holding centre midfield.

"He sees me in a variety of different positions, which i like, because then I can find out where I am best at and push myself as far as I can go in that position.

"I am just excited to get started really."

Sportsmail published a story yesterday implying that, even if Chambers begins life at the Emirates Stadium shadowing Debuchy and linking up with the clubs wide players, like Walcott, "Wenger plans to convert Chambers in to a centre back in the long term [and believes that] in time he could be as influential as former captain Tony Adams."

A defensive rock, Adams was renowned for his leadership skills, his understanding of the game, reading opposition attacks, aerial ability and how he timed his tackles.

 2013-14 Premier League stats ClubTackling accuracyMins / Aerial WonMins / Aerial LostAppsMins
Calum Chambers Southampton 84.44 40.02 51.28 22 1,641

At roughly 6-foot tall, Chambers is three and a half inches shorter than Adams was in his prime and, at ten stones and five pounds, is almost two stones lighter than the legendary Arsenal captain.

It is, effectively, the difference between a tall and lean welterweight boxer raising his dukes against a cruiserweight. Chambers, of course, is yet to develop his "man strength" and is some way of his peak years as an athlete and a footballer.

Statistically, Chambers is also a touch behind Adams. For timing of the tackle, the player's accuracy in the challenge can be used as a good barometer for success in this field - and the erstwhile Saint returned a near 85% accuracy in the tackle. His aerial ability was also underlined by his winning of an aerial duel every 40 minutes he was on the field last season.

While a lauding as the next Adams is completely premature, he is, effectively, in the best place to develop as best he can.

Wenger has been criticised in the past for seemingly failing to recreate the exceptional defence he inherited when he began his tenure as Arsenal boss - but a back four of Nigel Winterburn, Adams, Steve Bould and Lee Dixon (with Martin Keown on the bench) is a freak collection of quality defenders.

The Frenchman, though, should be applauded for how he nurtured Ashley Cole, for his scouting of Kolo Toure, his work with Sol Campbell and his development of a stringent partnership in Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.

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Continued Chambers: "[Joining Arsenal] was an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. Wenger is a fantastic manager and everyone can see that.

"To get the opportunity to work with him will be amazing."

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