Mikel Arteta might be a young manager who is yet to reach his summit but he is already on the path to mentoring young and prospective coaches as Arsenal player Calum Chambers is already considering coaching badges.

Calum Chambers revealed that he decided to make good use of the COVID-19 situation to get his coaching badges as he has reached out to Arsenal academy coach Per Mertesacker some contacts to get the ball rolling.

The English defender is just 25 years but he is not leaving anything to chance as he sets his eyes on life after retirement and already knowing what he wants.

“And my next step would be to start taking the course. Not just yet, because my rehab is really intense and at an important stage, but once I get into a more normal routine then I’ll be looking to start that.” He stated.

According to him, the idea of undertaking the coaching courses only occurred to him when he realized that he was injured and could get busy while the coronavirus pandemic created a lot of time because he had enough time.

The English defender continued by stating that he loves football and will want to stay in the line of sports after his retirement from active football but he is not sure of where he will want to manage at the moment.

Manager Mikel Aretta will automatically get a mentee as Calum Chambers is expected to learn from his boss while undertaking the courses for his badges, a development that will be a pleasure to the Spanish boss.

The Spanish boss also has the same history as he was undertaking his courses for his coach badges while he was still playing under former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. He went ahead to learn from Pep Guardiola as an assistant at Man City.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.