Arsenal have been told they must keep their cool ahead of a huge game in the Europa League against CSKA Moscow.
The Gunners know a good result in the first leg will set them up for a second leg win and possible progress to the next round – in the only competition they can win this season, and Calum Chambers has claimed they need to just keep their heads down and focus on the game, which is the only important thing to do despite there being issues around the game and the political situation between the UK and Russia at the moment.
Chambers said to Standard Sport: “We are just trying to focus on the game. You can get too wound up with things going on around it.
“At the end of the day it is a football match and we want to go and win and get a good result so I think everyone is fully focused on them, how we are going to play against them.
“That is the best way to do it and not focus on other things around it.”
The Gunners have other issues outside of on the field – they need to focus on keeping the players who will run down their contracts come this time next season at the club – and not be held to ransom because of time running out.
Alexis Sanchez engineered a move to Manchester United and Mesut Ozil got himself a huge payrise to stay at the club, and with Aaron Ramsey linked with fellow Premier League sides not to mention Jack Wilshere’s own future in doubt, it remains to be seen just who will be at Arsenal come the end of the summer or if the club will learn from their mistakes and cash in should terms not be agreed on a new deal.