Calum Chambers says making his first appearance in a north London derby was an “unbelievable feeling”.
The 19-year-old was part an Arsenal side that came from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw in the Gooner’s Saturday evening time north London derby. And although Chambers was disappointed not to claim all three points, but felt the atmosphere inside the Emirates was “amazing”.
“It was tough,” he told Arsenal Player.
“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.
“I was devastated,” he smiled.
“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.”
Also Arsenal’s Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla has revealed that he is delighted to have former Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck at the club – because the striker brings something different to the Arsenal attack.
The England international has started life in north London in promising fashion, scoring his first goal for the club at Aston Villa last week and coming really close to getting his second with a miss-timed effort that was finally converted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Cazorla has been impressed with Welbeck’s clinical finishing and feels he can thrive at Emirates Stadium.
“Danny is a really different player to the ones we’ve had before at Arsenal,” Cazorla said.
“He’s a clinical finisher, he’s quick and he’s always looking for space.”
“Olivier Giroud is another kind of striker. He’s good at headers because he’s tall and strong. Welbeck provides us with something that we didn’t have before and we have to make the most of him and take advantage of having him in the team.”
Arsenal welcome Galatasaray to Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night. Having lost on matchday one of the Champions League, Cazorla admits there is extra pressure to get their European campaign up and running.
“It was a bad game [in Dortmund],” Cazorla said.
“Now we are fully aware that we are almost obliged to win the next Champions League game because there may be problematic times for us [if we don’t] so we’d better win.
“It’s true that Arsenal have a great record when it comes to the group stage. However, all that history doesn’t count now.
“The most important thing for Arsenal right now is to win the next game and that is going to change the scenario completely. Once we go through the group stage it becomes even more difficult to win games.
“Unfortunately for the past two seasons we’ve faced Bayern Munich, the toughest opponent [in the last 16], but I think that if we carry on and work hard we can go far in the competition.”
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