Despite scoring an own goal, Calum Chambers played very well in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat of Tottenham on Wednesday night.

The defender was strong and intelligent up against Harry Kane, and restricted the space of the England international well to frustrate him.

A slow start to the season saw Chambers criticised after the 0-0 draw with Liverpool, but a win on Wednesday followed a promising half at Stamford Bridge; Chambers is now showing what he’s truly capable of.

“We were resilient and in the times where we were under a lot of pressure I thought we were compact,” the 20-year-old said following the north London derby success. “Together as a team we knew our jobs and we defended well.”

The equaliser, which was unfortunately diverted beyond David Ospina by Chambers, saw Spurs rally for 10 minutes or so but the Gunners stuck to their task and looked dangerous on the break.

Even under pressure to defend well, Arsenal conceded very few shots and next to no chances.

“We were 1-0 up and then they came back to 1-1 so I think we showed a lot of character to keep our faith, keep our composure, keep playing and get the result by getting a goal to get the win.”

Calum Chambers of Arsenal celebrates victory after the Capital One Cup third round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on September 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Calum Chambers of Arsenal celebrates victory after the League Cup third round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

The north London derby was Chambers’ second and his first win in the fixture, after Arsenal drew 1-1 at the Emirates Stadium when he played last season.

“It’s a big game and it’s always nice to get a win,” the defender said. “We fought well, kept our discipline throughout the game and ground out a result. 

“You want to get good results and build up momentum so hopefully we can take what we learnt into the next game.”

After two defeats in a row, the win was an important one. Hopefully Arsenal do pick up where they left off when the team next plays in Leicester on Saturday.

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