Calum Chambers has reflected on his debut after cruising through 90 minutes at centre-back as Arsenal ran out 5-1 victors over Benfica in the Emirates Cup.
Looking calm and decisive on the ball, the 19-year-old cut an impressive figure next to Nacho Monreal…not bad given he was cleaning Rickie Lambert’s boots just two-years ago.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Chambers was obviously over the moon about his whirlwind couple of weeks.
“It’s amazing. To play in front of such a big crowd and [with] the quality of players i’m playing with now it’s a great achievement.
“I enjoy [playing] centre-half, obviously I played right-back last season but if there’s an opening for me I’ll just try my best to grab that opportunity and take it.
“The quality of players we’ve got in this team is immense. To play with such amazing players is an honour. There’s always an option on.
“This club is destined for great things. It’s got a great history and I think we can do well this year in the league.”
Having handed debuts to Joel Campbell and Alexis Sanchez and seen Yaya Sanogo break his scoring duck, Arsene Wenger was similarly happy after a good day at the office.
“We had a great first half. It was very interesting and a good opportunity to see some of the younger players who have done well. Overall it’s always positive when you win. I like the way we played together.
“Sanogo scored four goals. We could see for a while that not scoring his first goal was on his mind. When he scored one, he scored four. It’s good for him to find that confidence because he has a great goal-scoring record.
“[Campbell’s goal] was a good one. He was available [for the ball], can pass people and is collective in the final third. I liked the way he played today.
“The new signings, always when they are a big name, are liked by the crowd. You could see with his [Alexis’] runs that he will be dangerous. He’s not fit yet but once he will be fit he will be a dangerous player.”
On the subject of transfers, the boss – as he did yesterday – hinted there could be more activity, particularly with numbers short in defence.
“Who is next? I don’t know. There could still be one signing. Just the one, maybe two maximum.
“No [it doesn’t depend on players leaving] but if a good opportunity comes up we might still do it. At the moment we’re not close to signing anybody. I’m very happy with the squad I have available at the moment. We might be short at the back maybe.”