Chambers: We were up for the fight


After Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea in the first-leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final, Calum Chambers and Danny Welbeck faced the Sky Sports cameras.

Here’s what the pair had to say…


On the performance…

CC: We’re very pleased, it’s a good result. We were strong at the back and it was a good defensive display. I thought the boys dug in. As you said, it’s a good result for us.

On the VAR being called upon after a coming together with Fabregas…

DW: I didn’t know it was for that incident. I knew I’d clearly got the ball so I wasn’t worried at all. I could see him [the referee] talking to someone in his ear but I knew that I got the ball clearly. I wasn’t worried.

CC: You’re aware [of what’s going on], you can see the referee talking in his ear. It’s one of those things, we’ve got to get used to it.

On showing grit that was lacking at the weekend in the FA Cup…

CC: We showed grit today. As I said earlier, I thought we dug in deep. It was a good display from the whole team. That’s the pleasing thing for us.

On the performance being similar to the league 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge…

DW: Yeah, it’s down to the manager, he does the tactics rolling into each game. One I get on the pitch I want to give 100 percent. Today we put in a great defensive performance and we tried to nick a goal. We look forward to the second leg now. First, we’ve got the Premier League game [against Bournemouth] at the weekend.

On penalties being the only thing separating Arsenal and Chelse after four games this season…

CC: We’ve played Chelsea a lot recently. We know how they play, they know how we play. We’ve got to be ready for it. It’s always a tough game. Tonight I thought we were ready for it and up for the fight. We’ve got to go into the second leg like that as well.

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