Last season Arsenal went into the campaign desperately understocked in the central defensive area.
Thomas Vermaelen had been sold, Per Mertesacker was just back from the World Cup with a Jules Rimet hangover, and Laurent Koscielny was carrying an Achilles problem.
This time around, the two main men are in good shape, Gabriel was purchased from Villarreal in January, and Calum Chambers, a year older and more experienced, is now considered one of the options.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, Arsene Wenger confirmed that the former Southampton youngster is going to be used in that position, as well as providing cover for Hector Bellerin and Mathieu Debuchy.
“I will use Calum Chambers more as a central defender but he can also help out at right back as well,” he said.
The 20 year old made 39 appearances in his debut year at the club but after a very promising start, struggled for form as the season progressed.
However, he cut short his summer holidays to ensure he was ready for the start of the new season. Despite not playing for the England U21s at the European Championships, he was given an extended break but chose to return early to get started on what’s sure to be a big season for him.