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Arsenal defender Calum Chambers says he has been discussing a change of position with new boss Unai Emery after playing as a holding midfielder in a pre-season friendly win over Boreham Wood.
With the Gunners overstocked in defence but short on options in midfield while they wait for their World Cup stars to return, Emery opted to deploy Chambers in midfield in Saturday’s resounding 8-0 victory. Chambers gave a good account of himself in an unfamiliar position and admits he is willing to try and adapt to a midfield role if Emery requires it.
‘The manager spoke to me about the position,’ Chambers told Arsenal’s official website of his new role. ‘It’s a new one for me. I played there a little bit growing up. It’s a position I feel like I can grow to enjoy and out there today I felt good, I just need to train and practice in games in that position to get comfortable.
‘It’s an important position. If you can get on the ball, turn and break their lines then it kills their press, so I think it’s an important position and anyone who’s playing in there needs to learn how to do that. ‘Obviously you can’t do it all the time, you can’t take risks and when it’s not on you can bounce it backwards at an angle for someone else to play through the lines.
‘But if you can get on it and you have time and it’s not a risk, turn and play forward and that’s the best way to get through a press.’ Former boss Arsene Wenger also dabbled with using Chambers as a holding midfielder in the 2015/16 season, saying the former Southampton man had been ‘educated as a central midfielder’.