Calum Chambers says Arsene Wenger has improved his game “massively” by teaching him how to relax and enjoy himself on the pitch.
The England defender joined Arsenal at the beginning of last season and went on to make 36 appearances during his debut campaign, scoring his first goal for the Gunners in their 3-0 win against Burnley.
This week marks Wenger’s 19th anniversary at Arsenal and Chambers revealed how the manager helps his younger players develop.
“I’d probably say the best piece of advice the boss has given me is just to relax and enjoy myself in games,” the 22-year-old told the Arsenal Weekly podcast. “Before the game or at half-time he would tell me to relax, to just play with confidence and enjoy it.
“I probably think that’s the best advice he’s given me because it helped me in my game. I can then relax, go onto the pitch and express myself which is useful.
“He’s improved me massively. Over the past year I think I’ve improved in my game a lot. He goes through little things with me on the pitch and individual stuff. He gives me advice so over the past year my game has improved massively.”
Chambers followed Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton to north London and he says Wenger’s reputation for giving younger players opportunities played a big part in his decision.
“It was a massive factor,” he said. “Theo and Alex came from Southampton as well, and they’ve both come through to the first team. He’s renowned for bringing young players through and developing them. That was a big factor in why I chose to come here, to work with him. I haven’t regretted it one bit.”
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