Calum Chambers says he’s excited to work with Mikel Arteta again and hopes the Spaniard, a teammate of his at the Emirates for two seasons, can help Arsenal get their identity back.
The Spaniard took charge of his first training session at London Colney this morning and doesn’t have much time to get his ideas across before our Boxing Day game against Bournemouth. After that, we’ve got Chelsea and Manchester United at the Emirates in quick succession.
It’s a baptism of fire for a man who has never held a head coach position before, but he’s got the backing of Chambers, who put in put in a man-of-the-match performance against Everton with the 37-year-old watching from the stands.
After Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Everton, Chambers explained why he was buoyed by a reunion with his former captain.
“When I came here he was one of the senior players, he helped me and gave me advice on positional play,” he said.
“He was a very intelligent player, you could always tell he had that side to him. I’m excited, everyone’s excited to work with him and learn his philosophy.
“We’re all excited to work with him, that’s the main feeling around the camp. He came in yesterday and said some words, said some more before the game. We all showed good spirit and are excited to go in and start working with him next week.”
Arsenal are currently 11th in the Premier League table, nine points adrift of the Champions League places. In the short-term, if we’re to salvage our season, we need to string a few victories together quickly. Looking ahead though, it’s going to take a while to get us competing with the top clubs again.
“We just need to get our identity back,” said Chambers. “I know he wants to do that. It will take time but I know he can get that out of us. The message is we’re all excited to start working with him.
“He said that today we put into play what he wanted from us. The message before the game was to be brave, take responsibility and work hard for each other.
“We did that on the pitch today. He said afterwards it’s a good start and there are things to work on. He was proud of the way we worked and how we worked hard today.
“As you said there’s a lot of youth in the team today. I’m really proud of how much effort they put in and how hard they worked.
“They’ve been working hard all season and it showed out there today. It’s promising for the future when you have a lot of young players like that. There are good times ahead.”