Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his secret weapon to cope with Francis Coquelin’s injury, according to the Metro.
Wenger confirmed that the Frenchman will be missing for at least two months in what would appear to be a huge blow to the club’s title ambitions.
However, he feels that young English defender Calum Chambers will be the ideal man to step into his shoes in the coming weeks.
“We have players that can play in [Coquelin’s] position,” he said when addressing the situation.
“Chambers has been educated in that position.”
However, it remains to be seen whether he will be taking up the position for Tuesday night’s crucial Champions League clash against Dinamo Zagreb.
With Mikel Arteta injured, it would seem that Frenchman Mathieu Flamini would be the natural choice to fill in. He may not be the player he once was but he has proved that he is more than capable of playing his part when called upon.
Chambers, who was signed in the summer of 2014 from fellow Premier League side Southampton, has mostly featured at either centre-back or right-back.
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With Aaron Ramsey also returning to action, there is a chance that he could occupy one of the central midfield roles, though it would take a certain defensive quality away from the side.
Wenger has admitted that he is prepared to dip into the transfer market in the new year should the news about Coquelin be worse than first feared and thus being ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
“I’ll do what’s needed in January even though in January it is not an ideal transfer market.”