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Rob Holding has revealed why he didn’t leave Arsenal in January despite suffering lack of game time in the first half of the season.
Holding is set to feature in what might be our biggest game of the season when we take on chelsea in the FA cup final this weekend and the defender has revealed he wouldn’t have been here if not Wenger’s reluctance to let him leave.
The young defender joined Arsenal in the summer transfer window from Bolton and he was expected to go out on loan immediately but a combination of injuries and poor fitness to some of our key defenders ensured he stay for the opening part of the season.
However, he subsequently dropped out of the starting xi which frustrated him but Wenger wouldn’t allow him go out on loan in January.
Holding told the London Evening Standard :
“I didn’t leave in January as the boss wanted me around the team. He saw me playing.
“I just had to listen to him and keep working hard on the things he mentioned. That has spoken for itself over the last few games.
“I got a look in at the start of the season and then some cup games. After that it was just about being on the training pitch, putting the work in and getting another chance. Since I got the chance, I’ve managed to take it and the boss has shown some faith in me to keep me in the team.”
Holding does look a promising player and one who would be a key asset in the future. Wenger’s decision to keep him appears to be the right one as the defender has been useful since the switch to a 3-4-2-1 formation.
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