Calum Chambers says he’s very comfortable asking for advice from Arsenal teammates Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny and is content at the progress he’s made at the Emirates since moving from Southampton in 2014.
After a whirlwind first six months in London, which included a first senior cap for England, the 21-year-old has struggled to secure first team game time this season. He insists though that he continues to improve his all-around game and is as motivated as ever in training.
Away on international duty with the England under-21s Chambers told Reuters: “I feel I have learned so much over the last two years and I am happy. I don’t think it happened too quickly. It just happened very quickly.
“It was a whirlwind start but I took it game by game and enjoyed it. At the moment, I have changed position to centre back. I’m not getting so much game time but I am still working in training and trying to fight for my place.
“I’m not down or anything. When you are not in the team, you have to prepare for games as if you are in. You have to do everything the same,” he added.
“I feel I can go up to them (Mertesacker and Koscielny) and ask them anything and learn from them. I watch them in games all the time, learning, and it is helping me get better and better.”
Back in October, Mertesacker admitted he was impressed by the challenge Chambers presented for both himself and the other centre-back options, including Gabriel.
“He’s a good guy and we challenge each other every single day in training. That’s what it’s all about. He’s eager to learn, he really fancies challenging every single centre back and that’s something you need.
“When you step up as a young talent, you need to challenge the old lads. It’s really good to have him so that we can improve. You never stop working, you never stop doing things because there’s someone behind you – in a respectful way – who is giving absolutely everything in every single training session.
“That’s what my feeling is. When he does that, he’s got a great chance to develop as one of the top centre backs.”
Chambers has only started one game in the Premier League this season – against Liverpool in August – and looked both nervy and rusty. He did though improve in that game as the Gunners claimed a clean sheet.