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Calum Chambers says it’s important that he keeps getting first team minutes at Arsenal and hopes to build on the ten appearances he’s made so far this season.

After overcoming an injury at the start of the season, the England international has gone on to play three times in both the Europa League and Carabao Cup and made four appearances in the Premier League.

He’s expected to start tomorrow’s second-leg tie with Swedish side Ostersund and could well challenge for a place on the bench when the Gunners take on Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.

“It’s important for me [to play],” he told press on Wednesday. “It’s important at this age to be playing games.

“I’m at that age now and obviously the games we’re playing in, these are all experiences for me. Games like that [in Sweden] are all new experiences. The more game you play, the better.”

He added: “These competitions can help us for game time. At the start of the season, I got injured so that was frustrating. I worked hard to come back from that.

“Competitions like the Europa League, they’re all big competitions, we take them seriously. Every opportunity I get I have to do the best I can to prove myself. I’m just working hard off the pitch and every chance I get I’ll give it my best.”

Reflecting on the first-leg 3-0 victory against Ostersund, a result achieved in freezing conditions on an artificial pitch, he went on:

“It was a good win, we did a professional job, the conditions were hard but we put in a good performance. Training has been good since then and we’re looking to finish the job tomorrow.

“Momentum is an important thing in football and I think tomorrow if we finish the job it’ll give us good momentum going into the weekend.

“For me, it was probably the coldest I’ve played in. We dealt with it really well, it didn’t affect us, the team or as individuals. I thought given the conditions we put in a really good performance.”


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