Although they didn’t have a great deal to do during Arsenal’s 1-0 win over West Ham, Arsene Wenger says both Rob Holding and Calum Chambers put in assured performances as the Gunners made the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.
The England U21 duo started together for only the second time, but even when the Hammers introduced Andy Carroll – a man who has caused us problems in the past – the young centre-halves coped with him well.
Speaking after the game, Wenger said their quality on the ball in particular augurs well for the future.
“It’s very good when you have that quality at that age,” he said.
“When you give them this kind of opposition and it gives them credit and makes everybody think there is something there that you can work with to reinforce that quality.
“Chambers is very comfortable, he is calm on the ball, he wants the ball and Rob as well.
“Both of them have done that very well, when you look the ball is played out from the back and they both have that quality.”
Between them they made 12 clearances, 6 interceptions, and 2 tackles and their pass completion rates were 93% (Chambers) and 88% Holding.
As Arsenal look as if they’re shifting to a back four, depth at centre-half will be important so it’s good to see the younger guys do well when given the chance.
For more on last night’s game, check out today’s Arseblog: Welbeck wonder-strike gives Gunners a semi