Chambers: We need to work hard and stay positive

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Calum Chambers says Arsenal must stay positive even though we now find ourselves eight points off the top four after another dispiriting away defeat.

Second half goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison secured a 2-0 win for Leicester that leaves Unai Emery’s side in sixth place and without a league win since 6 October.

After the match, Chambers spoke to Sky Sports. Here’s what he had to say…

On a tough night…

It was a tough night. It was a new system for us today. I think there are positives to take from it. We worked hard as a team, we kept them out for a while, we had our chances and on another day we put those chances in. It’s important for us to keep positive, keep believing, keep working hard. We’ve got a bit of time now to get together and carry on sticking together and working on things on the training ground.

On the pros and cons of the three-man defence…

I think we had a bit more control. Defensively we felt a bit more solid. Leicester are a good team, they are going to create chances. I thought we all put in 100 per cent effort today. Obviously, they took their chances and scored a good first goal. As I said, we’ve got to keep believing and stay positive.

On confidence dropping after going behind…

You have to keep believing to the very end. We’ve seen a lot recently where games have changed very quickly. It’s important during a game, whether you go one or two goals behind, you have to keep believing, keep playing, keep doing the things we’ve been told to do. And believing in the philosophy that we’re doing. That’s the important thing when you’re behind, to keep pushing and keep playing.

On the atmosphere in the camp…

We’re all together. Everyone in the dressing room and everyone in the club is together. There’s a good spirit in the dressing room. The lads are all together. We have to keep going, keep fighting in every game and giving it our all. Things will change.

On seeing light at the end of the tunnel…

I do yeah [see it]. With the squad, we’ve got and the players we have, we have got a lot of quality here. We’ve got an international break now, we’ve got a couple of weeks where we can work on things on the training ground. It’s important we do that.

On being able to make up the gap to the top four…

We’ll see. We’ll stay positive and hopefully, we can bring that gap down.

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Mootilated
Mootilated

Yawn.

Bob's Mexican Cousin
Bob's Mexican Cousin

Wake me up when it’s over

Takeshita
Takeshita

Same old rhetoric, earlier back in Wengers time it was Djourou, Sylvestre etc with the same drivel.

AbsolutelyMarvellous
AbsolutelyMarvellous

Should we all do a sweepstake on how many Arseblog articles will be posted before we get the one we want?

Santori
Santori

What do you want? Granit fired? Unai?

You want to hear what you want to.

I love all the articles. I think they prompt salient discussions.Well done Blogs as always.

Arseblog is one of the most open places for discussion with Andrew offering (tolerating) a wide range of opinions.

Now if you aren’t here for a popularity contest, you will realise that some narratives espoused in other segments of the Arsenal fan base need to be addressed.

They are too convenient at best and blind to other faults.

Alas.

AbsolutelyMarvellous
AbsolutelyMarvellous

My comment wasn’t a dig at AB, Santori. I would’ve thought that was pretty obvious.

As to your other question regarding the manager being fired: yes, that’s exactly what I want. Good enough?

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

I keep thinking of the prophecy blogs gave around the time of our capitulation at the end of last season in the arsecast. He said by this time next year (March 2020) an ex arsenal player will be managing our club.

I hope he’s right. As long as it’s not Alex Song. Or Almunia.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Time for TGSTEL to become TGMTEL?

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Hopefully this was the last.

Kentish Gooner
Kentish Gooner

Emery is going nowhere. Get ready for more of the same and a bottom half of the table finish. I’m not watching any more matches now until he’s gone. Over and out.

Mastaofthegoonaverse
Mastaofthegoonaverse

Awww diddums ain’t going to watch because we are a bit shit. What about the poor cunts that went?

Kentish Gooner
Kentish Gooner

A bit? It’s the worst Arsenal team to watch in recent history. The poor cunts can vote with their feet.

Jack
Jack

I don’t need to hear this from Chambers right now. All these post match interviews do not feel honest recently. I want them to say ‘our coach is tactically inept and that’s why we can’t win’

Hi-Jay
Hi-Jay

He says that and he’ll never get to play again.

Moviegooner
Moviegooner

I want Emery out but if he stay’s i’ll get behind him.
There is still the Europa league we can win.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

That’s honourable but it’s like following an inept capting over the wall and into nomansland where most of the company is sure to be taken out by a machine gun from the other side. It’s all for nothing.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Captain, not capting.

Frank Bascombe
Frank Bascombe

Yeah but you go. Don’t you?

Santori
Santori

Results have been in our favour. Sheffield and Spurs drew so we are still within reach but 4th now 9 points off.

OTOH we are 12 matches in with 26 to go so pressing the self destruct button now (as AFTV would) seems daft.

Granted confidence in Emery is (understandably) low, we need to grit the teeth and see if he can turn it around, there is still plenty of room to catch a fourth spot finish and we are still in good position in europa.

Fans need to be a bit more lucid and hold a bit better perspective.

Often Arsenal fans are their own worse enemy with self induced crisis stoked by all too willing media on gullible self entitle fans.

I think first thing is :

1) We need to find a better balance in midfield (and into attack) The midfield control is completely missing. We have now self inflicted ourselves with even thinner choices in an already slightly flawed midfield. how we can find some balance and play from the middle with short passes (we did that momentarily today to good effect) is key.

2) We also need to sharpen our attack. It is too lacking in effort. Contrast our press to Leicester’s or any team from Sheffield to palace we have played recently. We drop back instead of press early with the midfield, Ozil too easily bypassed means we play a man short without the ball, Auba does not retain the ball never mind is wasteful.

3) We also need to register more efforts on goal. Just one shot on target today. What’s that Ruud Gullit use to say “If you don’t shoot you don’t score”. Pepe needs to really put in a shift. not good enough hunger shown coming in for last ten minutes. If you aren’t making impact at very least run around like Martinelli does.

4) Defense I think we need to stick with a stable pair. No good choices bc we saw today Holding still not the player some prefer to imagine him to be, easily turned and gave the ball away more than Mustafi. Luiz actually one of the better players today, still not what we could have got in the summer (Soyoncu to say the least) but work with the two strongest if it means Sokratis and whoever. Back 3 has its own complication further forward. BUT the issues all stem back to a functional midfield again which we do not have.

5) Less back passes today but we really ought to stop this playing around close to our box now. Its suicidal and this is something Unai is wholly culpable for. Leno had some iffy moments today and is not the best making decisions playing the ball out.

BUT the flip side is we have no one to play it out to who can gold the ball from a deep pass.

Torreira too short, Guendouzi loses the ball as much as anyone, Auba forget it. Laca is the closest but he isn’t Giroud. maybe as I mentioned before kolasinac or Pepe from half wayline wide one of the better options.

BUT clearly we need to be better nuanced with our play out from the back and this deep play near the box must stop.

Shortfalls cannot be attributed conveniently to one thing like Mustafi or Xhaka. Even Emery is mainly responsible but has handicap from summer not properly prosecuted.

Many little things in all departments need to be worked on to get it going again.

And that goes down to the fans who are both toxic and highly impatient.

Thought Chambers was decent today on the side. Some good blocks and played out from the back a number of times.

We need to encourage what is positive and work on the (many) deficiencies.

Hope we can right the ship soon. Emery has a huge task on his hands. The squad looks sap of belief and something from the Granit episode may also contribute to the lack of desire at the moment. Self inflicted wound from idiocy from usual fans.

BUT we need to move on. Soton next. Surely an opportunity to start getting things right again and build it up slowly but surely. Long road ahead.

Herman
Herman

Agree with many of your points. I think Emery has handled the situation with the captains badly but apart from that he is doing his best with a squad that has changed a lot during the last years.

We don’t really have good center back, Sokratis is decent.

We lack a good CM, and have done that since Ramsey left. Our drop in form came after his injury last season as he was basically holding our team together. Guendouzi is proimising but his positioning and decision making is up and down and can be really poor at times. Torreira is solid but needs a more complete player next to him.

We still lack wingers apart from Pepe who is adjusting, and we only have one true right back in Bellerin who will take time to find his form back.

I think the squad is in quite a transitional period, with the young players coming in and lack of quality in certain areas, that you can’t really expect Emery to do miracles, as he basically did last season.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

No, Calum, we need a new manager.

We are a complete mess now and we need somebody to come in immediately and shake things up. Sadly, I expect Stan to do exactly what he did at the end of the Wenger tenure and dither with the sacking. The Yank will probably wait until a top- four finish is impossible before he acts.

I just hope we don’t see Maureen in our dugout: that would make me sick.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

If the club hires that cunt I will stop supporting Arsenal until he goes.

SG_Gooner
SG_Gooner

Yankee will wanta top 4. It’s generates more profits for his company.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Chambers is right of course but we also need a manager who can get more out of the squad that we have. Bring someone in who can do that and my belief is this team will do well.

Santori
Santori

“We’ve had some negative circumstances at the beginning of the season. The last month or so, I think the team have had those negative circumstances and it’s not given us that emotional balance. The players, the club and me are speaking and we know we need some passion and we need to recover our confidence. I spoke with the players and the club in that moment and we need to be patient with some young players, with some circumstances, and we have time and the matches to recover that. I am sure we are going to do that.”

Here’s something that won’t be reported by many.

1) As he mentions, we have time yet to turn things around so we need to keep perspective. Its another 26 matches. Pressing panic self destruct button now could be counter productive and MANY ways. Particularly for a team struggling for form and midfield control

2) Negative circumstance you can read the bollocks generated by fans on Granit. Unnecessary nonsense a struggling team could do without not only depriving us of some form of leadership but an important asset in an already thin midfield.

No doubt it has impact on the focus and psyche of the team. here’s where Arsenal fans can only have themselves to blame. Play a positive part supporting the team, not be gullible an susceptable to media crisis generation.

3) he also mentioned seperately that we have played back 3 before last season to decent success. In fact most of holding’s more convincing performances have been in back 3. not today…not that some would prefer to mention bc he was poor today but it isn’t isolated bc he has been turned on a six pence several times now this season so something to work on.

Clearly some fans favorites- Holding, Torreira (predictably) not proving any better answer to some of their scape goats in Mustafi or Granit.

But sadly lacking fan perspective and then unfortunately in today’s HYS age all too readily translates to negativity that can and has additionally affected an already poorly directed team.

Dare
Dare

I’m just glad xhaka isn’t playing.. Lol

Dare
Dare

Jokers 😂😂😂😂😂

Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone

Does this make Chambers a belieber?

Davy boy
Davy boy

I don’t understand anyone criticising Chambers for these comments. He’s hardly going to come out and say “sack fucking Emery” in a post match interview. At the end of the day it’s down to the board to make the right decision. Players need to get on with it until they do. Hopefully during the international break.

Con
Con

Chambers should be sold in the summer, he’s not really that good.

George
George

“It was a new system for us today.”

Says it all really.

Cechmate
Cechmate

God! Did I just walk into Norwich press conference? Since when did “we managed to keep them out for a while” become an achievement in Arsenal? Is that not what the smaller teams told while facing us not long ago? Emery has gotten even the players to believe they’re mid-table quality.

Mindset in sports is 60% of performance and we can clearly see how Emery has decimated it. Emery is a poor man’s Mourinho – he’s lost the dressing room, thrown his players under the bus, destroyed the confidence of youngsters, said fans don’t affect him and next is blame the refs.

I say it for the first time – sack him. I don’t want to abuse him, call him names just that he is not of our quality and requirement, so let’s relieve him and ourselves of this pain.

Ayotomide
Ayotomide

This season should just be over already. Not sure i could take anymore of this.