Arsenal have confirmed that Calum Chambers suffered a rupture of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his left knee in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea last weekend.

It means the 24 year old will miss the rest of the season, and will aim to be back in action in around 9 months time.

It’s a hammer blow for the centre-half who had looked to cement a regular place in the side in his favourite position in the last few weeks, having played a lot of football at right back this season.

It adds to Arsenal’s defensive woes too, with Kieran Tierney out until March, Sead Kolasinac troubled with an ankle problem, and both Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding struggling to regain full fitness after their own cruciate injuries. However, Holding was on the bench for Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Man Utd at the Emirates, and he’s in contention to start Monday’s FA Cup game against Leeds.

Speculation about defensive reinforcement in January is mounting, with the Gunners again linked to Disgusting Energy Drink Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.

The transfer window is open, and Mikel Arteta has spoken about how this injury might change the club’s plans, but in the meantime all we can do is wish Chambers a full and uncomplicated recovery from what is a horrible injury to suffer.

Good luck, Calum ?

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Gunn Cabinet

Fuck. Just when his career with us was actually starting to make progress

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Holding breaks through – out for the season
Chambers breaks through – out for the season

Can we get some bubble wrap for Saliba please?

Goodebemeyang
Goodebemeyang

Can someone explain how we get a couple of season ending injuries every year, and no other club comes close in this matter. It can’t be difficult training sessions, because we all know our fitness levels have been the worst in the league just a couple of weeks ago. It’s not like the players who get injured are always playing two games a week. Why does this happen? It’s happened for a decade and we need an answer. I do.

Goodebemeyang
Goodebemeyang

Or is it because they’re not very fit, that they’re prone to such injuries. Idk

Jorin
Jorin

There was an interesting article on the number of soft tissue injuries at Arsenal a while ago, here’s the link:
http://youaremyarsenal.com/and-now-a-word-on-soft-tissue-injuries-from-the-arsenal-medical-department/

My understanding was that the club had identified this as a problem and had looked to remedy it. Maybe we just failed or are again down on luck with injuries.

Goonerink
Goonerink

AFAIK the facilities at London colney were upgraded specifically to counter this. Something to do with the ground softness outside, hence the indoor pitch. Though I’m also sure watford being across a hedge might have warranted the privacy.

North London is Redder
North London is Redder

It’s the Arsenal focus we have is all. Players who have had serious injuries recently by “big” clubs:

Liverpool: Matip – played one game since September. Fabinho, long term knee injury. The Ox just came back from doing his ACL recently.

Man City: Laporte – around 6 months in total. Stones, lost three months. Sane out for around 9 months with an ACL. Mendy, nearly always injured.

United: Pogba has lost around half a season and is about to undergo surgery. Bailly – injured for about 6 months. Dalot long term absentee and McTominay to be out for 3-4 months.

Chelsea: Lucky Chelsea, they’ve only really lost Loftus-Cheek to a long term achilles problem – though they did just get Hudson-Odoi back from the same injury (4-6 months total).

That is all the big clubs I can think of.

Gooner223
Gooner223

Why can’t it just be a matter of ‘shit happens’? My son, big lad, jumps through a doorway and lands weird. Torn ACL. Just like that. He’s not Arsenal fit, not looking like he needs a sandwich or anything, but, just like that, fucked his football for the season.

Big Dave
Big Dave

Give the guy a break FFS. Get well soon

Matt
Matt

Poor guy. Hopefully he has done enough to cement his place in the squad, and will come back with the mentality of a senior player. Will no doubt be tough for him to get back into the starting line-up next season if it’s Luiz plus another out of Sokratis, Holding, Saliba, plus whomever we manage to buy in the meantime.

K-Gooner

Dear Arsenal fitness team, I am sure you all are working hard, but somehow it’s not enough. It’s not fair to Calum or 100s of our players getting injured so much. please do something to fix this. Ofcousre I understand that injuries like this are not under you’re control, but other niggles n muscle injuries stuff needs to be solutioned better.

Get well soon Calum. We will miss you!

Glory Hunter
Glory Hunter

This unfortunately is a consequence of high intensity football, it’s the price we have to pay. Get well soon Callum

Prakhar
Prakhar

Most horrifying 3 letter word, ACL

Mr. Pedantic
Mr. Pedantic

3 letter acronym 😉

Ben Eagerbeaver

Such a pedant really!

Gunners R Us
Gunners R Us

3 letter initialism

Merlin’s Panini
Merlin’s Panini

I wish him a full and speedy recovery. How our players keep getting this fucking injury I don’t know.

Bishop
Bishop

Why always us…
Get well soon Chambers

gooner
gooner

Feared the worst. It looked bad at first sight.

All the best Chambers.

Santori
Santori

Feel bad for Chambers.

He has really been cycled through the squad and lost momentum on a very promising start to career.

First came in in his natural position as fullback before Wenger decided to try him in midfield with mixed results then cycled into defense, not proving a solution for Arsene.

then back into fullback in a promising spell by Emery when AMN was not committed enough before being thrown back into Cback to again mixed results (albeit vast improvement on a personal level by the player)

Now out again with injury and likely when he returns he may have Saliba, Holding, Sokratis to face for competition not to mention Mavropanos. That could be one too many.

Potentially he could go back into midfield (he did well there on loan) unless of course (likely) Arteta find s solution elsewhere. There is Granit there with Torreira and Guendouzi plus Willock maybe Cebellos if not maybe another from market who can dribble and hold the ball better.

Plus AMN is doing better given unsuspecting third bite of the cherry.

Speedy recovery but unsure future ahead.

Santori
Santori

On injuries and fullbacks – KOLASINAC was phenomenal for us.

Bullied their Rwinger and Fred off the park.

Some people as per usual willing themselves into false narrative that Saka means we don’t need Kolasinac, preferring to fantasise about some non existent Tierney masterclass this season.

Kola came in and bossed it. Pushing forward he ripped apart United and provided yet another assist (if deflected somewhat)

But he has also been better defensively and has weighed in with a number of good last ditch tackles.

Only concern is injury. We will need Kolasinac this season to come back in but that ankle looks very tender.

Hope he gets rested with the Leeds game and comes back strong next league game. he is critical for the team going forward. As soon as he struggled second half (a couple of other usual suspects drop their off ball work rate), we were back under the cosh and risking it sitting deeper.

Kolasinac Kolasinac he has no knife
you’re scaring him and making him dive.

Hope to see him back bc he made a huge impact for us. MOTM for me. Pepe got some sort of rousing ovation but frankly the Ivorian was good in a short spell and needs to be far better overall still. Hopefully the goal will spur him to more consistent work but jury still out for me and he tends not to track back enough (likes to amble)

Kolasinac was the real difference for me. MOTM. Should have got the applause.

Arsemusic
Arsemusic

So sick of these nasty fucking injuries that bust up our players for a year or more. I hope he recovers completely and gets back to his best.