Unai Emery says that Calum Chambers’ pre-season meant he deserved to start today’s Premier League opener, and the Arsenal boss was impressed with his performance and his partnership with Sokratis in the 1-0 win over the Magpies.
Clean sheets away from home have not been anywhere near frequent enough, but in our first game of the new season we have one under our belts, as well as the three very important points.
The boss was asked about Chambers and the defence following the game, and he was pleased with positive performances.
“Really, last year for Calum Chambers was a very good year because he played all the matches with Fulham,” said Emery.
“They played him as centre-back in a three, in a two and they played him as a midfielder. From pre-season, he deserved to play today in the first XI and he was very focused and with Sokratis was also very serious.
“I want to have very competitive players in each position. With David Luiz, with Holding when he is coming back to help us, with training regularly and playing with the under-23s because he will play again tomorrow.
“And with Hector Bellerin, one month more. Today we also had Sead out and the injury to Kieran Tierney.
“I think we can and will want to become stronger defensively, but above all being one offensive team.”