Although we eventually triumphed against Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, defender Calum Chambers has admitted the match was ‘tense.’
After Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott gave us a 2-0 lead at the Amex Stadium upon their respective returns to the starting XI it looked as if it would be a straightforward win against lower league opposition.
Yet in what was a good weekend for giant-killing it was almost inevitable Brighton would get back into it and Chris O’Brady and Sam Baldock scored either side of a Tomas Rosicky strike to ensure nervy final moments in a 3-2 victory.
“It got a bit tense towards the end,” Chambers told Arsenal.com.
“I thought that we did really well in the first half and dominated most of the game.
“We held out and it was a good result in the end, so we’re through to the next round.
“Sometimes we have to see out the game a bit better than we do but we held our defensive line strong and we got the result in the end.”
The Seagulls actually had a penalty appeal against Chambers turned down late on by referee Mark Oliver as a shot from Adrian Colunga struck the 19-year-old’s arm.
Other than that it was a pretty good afternoon for the teenager though who, playing at right-back, broke down the flank in the first half to setup Walcott.