Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made a pitch for a new job at the Ministry of the Bleeding Obvious when he stated his side’s defender Calum Chambers, who joined the Gunners from Southampton during the summer, has played too much this season.
Chambers was a surprise £16 million arrival from St Mary’s, and at aged 19 with only 22 English Premier League appearances to his name then, was seen as a recruit for the future rather than the present.
Despite this, Chambers, who had never played a game at centre-back prior to joining Arsenal, was immediately placed in the centre of defence, with Wenger currently lacking experience in that position.
A long-term injury sustained by right-back Mathieu Debuchy then saw Chambers pushed out to the right in a more familiar position, but performances have declined drastically.
Chambers has played 24 times for the Emirates Stadium outfit in all competitions before Christmas, and Wenger has admitted that the youngster has been forced into action too regularly.
“They all hit the wall after 15, 17 games. You have to give them a breather, refresh and get them back again,” the French boss said.
“At the moment, to have that responsibility in every single game is a lot on a player of that age.”
Arsenal play at home in a league meeting with Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day before a trip to West Ham United two days later in Matchday 20.
Chambers’ former Saints side are the opponents on the first day of 2015 in the Premier League, and it seems unlikely Wenger will dramatically reduce the teenager’s workload over this period.