Calum Chambers is in line for a start against Dundalk on Thursday, his first at senior level for over 11 months after recovering from an ACL injury.

Calum Chambers with the Arsenal u21s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)
Calum Chambers with the Arsenal u21s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

Chris Wheatley reports that it looks like Calum Chambers will start against Dundalk on Thursday evening, as Arsenal look to make it six wins in six in the Europa League group stage.

The defender is slowly easing back into the action after his ACL injury, but he’s making good progress so far.

First, Chambers played 45 minutes for the u21s. Then he played 76 minutes for the u23s a week later, before playing the full 90 a week after that.

At the start of this month, he was ready to step up to the first team with a substitute showing against Rapid Vienna, but it looks like he’s now preparing to make his first start.

The match against Dundalk provides a good opportunity for a comeback.

After all, it’s not a high-pressure game, with Arsenal already topping the group. If Mikel Arteta needs to take Chambers off at any point during the match, he can do so without worrying about the implications for the result.

Chambers thinks he can be a good fit for Arteta’s side, if he can return to full fitness and get an opportunity to prove himself.

“[Arteta] wants ball-playing centre-halves and that’s what I see myself as,” Chambers said on Wednesday. “So I like to think I fit into his plans. As I said before, it’s a case of me being patient and getting back to the level I was at before.”