Calum Chambers, the 19 year old defender recently transferred from Southampton, got his first taste of the North London Derby yesterday. He was one of several debutants for Arsenal in the NLD, Welbeck and Sanchez being the others. Although the game ended in a hard fought draw despite Arsenal dominance, Chambers says that it was an amazing game and a great experience.
The youngster was one of our better performers yesterday, tidy in defence, and he also was a threat going forward, combining well with the Ox out wide.
It was tough. We knew it was going to be tough. It was my first taste of a north London derby and I really enjoyed it.
I thought the fans got behind us really well. We’re a bit disappointed not to get a win but I thought the team display was good and we can get positives out of that.
[Playing in the derby was] amazing. The whole day, the whole occasion. The fans got behind us and were amazing and when we got that goal, you could see how much it meant to everyone.
It’s just an unbelievable feeling, how much they get behind you. They do that in every game but you can just feel the atmosphere raises to another level during a north London derby.
Chambers almost equalised during the second half, when his 20-yard volley shaved the top of the crossbar. This was after a sustained spell of pressure on the Tottenham goal, and the youngster was unlucky not to find the net after his good performance.
I was devastated. It just went over the bar and it would have been a good way to start my first north London derby but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.
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This team has got great character. It’s a great group of lads and we’ll go on to the next game, take positives from this game and learn from it.
I think the work ethic and the desire we showed to come back from a goal down, and the passion we showed when we were a goal down, is what we can take into the next match and the games to come.
And Arsenal will need every bit of inspiration they can muster for the upcoming games, a European fixture against Galatasaray midweek and then a trip to the Bridge to face Chelsea. Injuries are piling up in the squad, and the character of the team is sure to be tested over the next couple of weeks.