Calum Chambers celebrated his goal against Leeds United by running over to the bench, and he explained why afterwards.
Calum Chambers broke the deadlock in Arsenal’s last-16 League Cup clash with Leeds United on Tuesday night, coming off the bench to score a header from a set-piece.
The unique thing about the goal was how quickly it came around after the sub. There were just 23 seconds between Chambers stepping onto the pitch and heading in the opener.
The defender ran all the way back to the halfway line to celebrate with the coaches and bench players afterwards, and he explained why in his post-match interview.
“It happened pretty quick!” Chambers said. “All the guys on the bench who were putting me on, the set-piece coach Nico, the boss, they all said, ‘Go and score on your first touch.’
“So that was all that was in my head and yeah, it was nice to see it come off my head and go over the line. It was definitely a first and yeah, a pretty unique way to score.
“They were all getting in my ear as I came on, saying, ‘You’re going to score on your first touch’ and it convinced me, so you know, I had to go and run over to them and celebrate!”
Three, two, one…
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 27, 2021
It’s not often you get the chance to score with your first touch in a football match, and it’s not often that Chambers scores at all. The 26-year-old is now up to five goals for Arsenal in over seven years!
All of that made it a goal worth celebrating with the people who helped inspire him to score it.