Calum Chambers blow for injury-hit Arsenal as defender cannot be recalled from

  • Arsenal down to just two fit central defenders as they approach festive period
  • Rob Holding joined lengthy injury list when he was carried off at Old Trafford
  • The Gunners have Chambers on loan at Fulham and there is no recall clause

Arsenal are unable to recall Calum Chambers to ease their defensive injury crisis.

The Gunners are down to just two fit central defenders as they approach the hectic festive period. 

Rob Holding is set to miss the rest of the season after he ruptured his anterior cruciate knee ligament in the 2-2 draw at Manchester United.

Arsenal are unable to recall Calum Chambers to ease their defensive injury crisis

Arsenal are unable to recall Calum Chambers to ease their defensive injury crisis

Laurent Koscielny is on his way back from a serious Achilles injury that has kept him out for seven months.

Nacho Monreal is still struggling with a hamstring injury, while Greece Under-21 defender Konstantinos Mavropanos has been troubled by a groin issue

That leaves the Gunners with Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos as their only central defensive options.

 The 23-year-old has impressed during a loan spell at Premier League rivals Fulham

 The 23-year-old has impressed during a loan spell at Premier League rivals Fulham

But boss Unai Emery does not have the option to recall Chambers as cover.

The Evening Standard has revealed that there is NO recall clause in Chambers’ loan deal at Craven Cottage. 

The 23-year-old has impressed during a loan spell at Premier League rivals Fulham.

He has started the last three games in midfield under new boss Claudio Ranieri.