The Arsenal youngster Rob Holding arrived at the Emirates in the summer with very little fanfare as he only came from Bolton for a minimal fee, but there are some people who think he is already better in the Gunners defence than the incredibly expensive Shkodran Mustafi who arrived the same summer.
One of his fans is the Arsenal legend Ian Wright, who expressed his annoyance that the 21 year-old wasn’t chosen over Mustafi in the defeat to Tottenham a few weeks ago. Wright, speaking on BT Sport, said: “”For me, what I’ve seen of Rob Holding in a few games, he deserves a chance.
“I think the composure of him, the way he plays, watching him in a massive game against Manchester City in the semi-final.
“He can start that game but then he can’t start a game in the north London derby.
“He is more assured than Gabriel and I feel he is more assured for me than Mustafi if it was my opinion.
“I would have Holding.”
Holding was reinstated for yesterday’s game against Stoke, and was again impressive, although Arsene Wenger thinks he can still improve much further in the future, and become a leader of the back line. “He’s intelligent but at the moment he’s still a bit of an introvert,” Le Prof said after the game.
“When you start as a young player most of the time you focus on your own performance and then later when you are more confident you can go in to a leadership role.”
If he’s like this when he is not very confident, what will he be like in the future?