Rarely-seen Arsenal defender Calum Chambers will be axed ahead of the North London derby on Sunday.
That is according to ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the 26-year-old made a rare start in the 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday.
It was Chambers’ first starting XI appearance in the league since December 2019 when he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.
Chambers had a mixed game, losing the ball 21 times but winning five out of six aerial duels against a famously physical Burnley (Wyscout).
Hector Bellerin came into the starting XI for Thursday night’s Europa League clash with Olympiakos and Campbell does not believe Chambers will return to the Premier League line-up on Sunday.
He pointed out that Chambers is a solid player but is not up to the task of the modern full-back.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “He’s done well but I don’t think he’s the answer at right-back. For me, he can fill in but offensively he’s not great.
“You do need your full-backs to help going forward. You’re a man down really with Callum Chambers there.
“He’s a decent player, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think he’ll play in the derby. I think either Cedric of Bellerin will come in.”
Chambers signed from Southampton in a £16million deal in 2014 and has featured 105 times for the club in total, scoring four goals and registering seven assists.
Other than right-back rival Bellerin, he is Arsenal’s longest-serving player.