Arsene Wenger has again given props to Calum Chambers for the way he responded to a poor first half performance against Liverpool, but admitted the 20 year has suffered from a loss of confidence over the last few months.
His initital displays for the club were hugely promising – both at right back and centre-half – but a difficult game against Swansea seemed to dent his belief, and he subsequently lost his place to Hector Bellerin.
However, the manager think he’s got what it takes to prove he’s a good player, and praised his response on Monday.
“He has lost a bit of confidence compared to the player he was last year,” said Wenger.
“I have spoken to him and he’s a strong footballer, a dedicated player who is ready to work day and night. He has the talent to be a good player.
“He showed character.The positive of the night, he did not have the best performance in the first half, was the way he recovered.
“He showed his mental strength.”
Although Laurent Koscielny was in the training pictures today, it’s not 100% that he’ll be fit for the game against Newcastle, in which case Chambers will partner Gabriel once again, at St James’ Park.