Calum Chambers says Arsenal can feel pleased with the way they ‘rode the storm’ at Old Trafford as Unai Emery’s men came from one goal behind to take a 1-1 draw against Manchester United.
The 24-year-old looked like he might be in for a very tough evening when he picked up an early booking for a foul on the pacey Daniel James but, much like the team, recovered his composure to put in a solid performance.
After the game, Chambers said the result wasn’t bad although you get the feeling he, like those watching, knew United were there for the taking.
“As a team I thought we played well, we put in a shift and I thought we created chances throughout the game,” he told Arsenal.com.
“I think we’ve come off with mixed emotions. We know that Old Trafford isn’t an easy place to come, so when you come off the pitch feeling you could’ve won but get a draw, it’s not a bad result.
“Their fans were making a lot of noise. In those moments we had to stay strong as a unit, as a team, and I think we did that.
“We rode the storm and created our own chances, we put our own authority on the game as well. We came off feeling like we could’ve got something. It was a good, strong performance today.”
David Luiz also tried to put a positive spin on things. The centre-back, who probably had his best game in an Arsenal shirt so far, insisted that the result is part of a gradual cycle of improvement.
“We have to be happy with our performance,” the Brazilian said after the game.
“It is never easy to play here. It is not easy when you concede a goal [before half time] but after that it was a great game, a proper Premier League game, a proper derby.
“There is still a long way to go, we are trying to improve the team every week and I think we did a great game, and a mature game here. It is not easy to play with maturity here, but I think we did that tonight.”