Arsenal went into their Champions League qualifying game against Besiktas on Tuesday night with slight changes to their unchanged starting eleven that thrashed Manchester City in the Community Shield a fortnight ago and then the late winner in their League opener against Crystal Palace over the weekend.
And one of Arsenal’s recent signing who has been present in the starting line up for the Gunners in all of those fixtures has insisted that the welcoming attitude of both players and staff at Arsenal have helped him settle well since making the switch to the Emirates.
The 19-year-old also talked about how this welcoming spirit, coupled with lots of game time has help built his confidence level thus far.
Calum Chambers says the experience of playing in a Champions League away game so early in his Arsenal career will stand him in good stead for the future.
The teenager produced another eye-catching display in central defence against Besiktas as the Gunners played out a goalless draw in the first leg of their play-off tie.
Chambers has received widespread praise for his performances since he joined the club and the youngster feels his confidence is growing with every game.
“I’ve been working my way into Arsenal really well,” Chambers said.
“That’s helped my confidence, I’ve dropped back into centre back and I’m really enjoying it there.
“You learn from playing and training every day with players of this quality. It’s fantastic for me and I’m gaining confidence game by game.
“It’s with the help from everyone at the club and the players and staff who have welcomed me. That’s helped me settle in so quickly.
“It’s a fantastic experience for me at a stadium like that and a crowd like that. All the boys put in such a good effort and I think we deserved a 0-0, if not more.
“You’ve just got to stay switched on the whole time and stay focused for 90 minutes. At anytime they can create chances and score. It’s another good experience for me playing against players of such quality.”