The youngster Calum Chambers has been a revelation since arriving at Arsenal from Southampton in the summer, despite the occasional youthful over-eagerness he seems to have won over the Arsenal fans purely by his style of playing. Yesterday was his first taste of the big local derby against Tottenham and he wasn’t overawed by the big game atmosphere – in fact he loved the way the fans got behind the team even when we went behind.
He said on Arsenal.com: “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.”
When Arsenal stepped up a gear after going behind, Chambers himself pushed further upfield and nearly scored the equaliser himself. “I was devastated,” he continued. “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.
“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.”
I love this kid’s attitude, and I love watching him completely unfazed whoever our opponents are. He is still very young with an old head on his shoulders and I think he has it in him to become an Arsenal legend if he carries on his current improvement in every game…..