Danny Welbeck scored the vital goal on Tuesday night but it was arguably Calum Chambers and Rob Holding who held us together.
Their centre-back partnership was rock solid against a West Ham attack that first featured the trickiness of Javier Hernandez and then the aggression of Andy Carroll.
“It’s very good when you have that quality at that age,” Arsene Wenger told Arsenal.com. “When you give them this kind of opposition and it gives them credit and makes everybody think there is something there that you can work with to reinforce that quality.
“Chambers is very comfortable [at centre back], he is calm on the ball, he wants the ball and Rob as well. Both of them have done that very well, when you look the ball is played out from the back and they both have that quality.
“Overall I must say we played with excellent spirit, great quality as well, and maintained the pace in the game for 90 minutes, but I have a big respect for this team because they managed to get through this game without giving a chance to West Ham at all.”
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