Calum Chambers says some words about Thursday

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Calum Chambers says Arsenal are focused on football when they play football against CSKA Moscow, a football team from Russia.

A lesser man might be concerned about further worsening Anglo-Russian relations by scoring a hat-trick in Thursday night’s Europa League quarter-final, but not our Calum.

He’s not going to get worked up by things like defectors being poisoned, diplomats being expelled and London potentially being wiped off the map by a man who likes to wrestle wild animals in his pants just to show off how strong he is.

Calum is going to get on with the job at hand. And that involved playing football.

“We are just trying to focus on the game. You can get too wound up with things going on around it,” he told the Evening Standard. 

“At the end of the day it is a football match and we want to go and win and get a good result so I think everyone is fully focused on them, how we are going to play against them.

“That is the best way to do it and not focus on other things around it.”

Which is basically what the lads at the Battle of Balaclava said. And that went just fine.

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Patrik Ljungberg
Patrik Ljungberg

Is balaclava a desert in disguise?

Michael Bolton Wanderers
Michael Bolton Wanderers

It’s a place they named after a headgear

Pedant
Pedant

It might be a dessert, sweet, it’s unlikely to be a desert, hot.

A Different George
A Different George

Welcome back, well-named one.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Charge of the Light Brigade … encouraging words

PersonFace
PersonFace

Putin is a murderous thug. That doesn’t mean that the average Russian is worse than the average anywhere-elseian, most certainly not, just that Russia currently has an absolute twat for a leader. I can only hope they get the leader they deserve at some point, and that Arsenal thrash CSKA Moscow in both legs, because this is a football blog, and Arsenal playing well and winning, regardless of the opposition, is what football is all about.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

None of us have the leader we deserve

Georgeycharles
Georgeycharles

Well, for the majority of us that probably depends on who we voted for – which in itself, is something to celebrate.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Granted we do have some say, which is something, although I don’t think I’d be voting for any of them if there were an actual choice.

bob
bob

Well here in the UK we currently have a prime minister that no-one actually voted for… the two sweetest words in the English language right? De and Fault 😉

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Here in the UK we vote for one party because we are too scared the other one will fuck up the economy

Nobody votes for the third party because nobody believes they have a chance of winning

Michael Bolton Wanderers
Michael Bolton Wanderers

In Russian elections they have the choice of voting for someone bad, or someone worse

Danger Mouse
Danger Mouse

Just like the last U.S election then.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

They got the bad and worse the wrong way around if you ask me …

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

They don’t even pretend in Russia, it’s all pretty blatant

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

“That is the best way to do it and not focus on other things around it.”

I’m not sure what the point of this remark is, other than to shoe-horn in a reference to the Crimean War. That’s not really an accurate reflection of “the lads”‘s thinking, though, is it? I’m sure their thoughts were more like, “That’s a fucking stupid way to go about this business! But, orders are orders, I suppose.”

Moving on. . . .

George
George

You’ve confused me. And, at the risk of sounding like a right plank, that’s rare. So – congrats! :p

Kim Kallstrom Kardashian
Kim Kallstrom Kardashian

In soviet russia football plays you