Okay so the young Arsenal and England under 21 defender Rob Holding may have had a bit of a torrid time in our Premier League opening game, with the pace of Jamie Vardy and his Leicester City team mates and their dangerous counter attacking ability causing the former Bolton player all sorts of problems, but I do not think he should be too hard on himself.
On the Arsenal website Arsene Wenger has revealed that Holding took it hard and has lost confidence, which is the reason why he was not even in the matchday squad for the trip to Stoke on Saturday.
The boss said, “We conceded three last week so I changed a bit because Mustafi came back and Holding had lost a little bit of confidence.”
I can sort of understand that, but surely being a young and inexperience3d player as well as the fact that he has done very well in other games since Wenger put him on the right of a back three should help. You would think that the likes of Steve Bould and Per Mertesacker had been talking to him and giving him encouragement.
And if Holding feels like he let the side down how on earth are Mustafi and Monreal feeling, because they are highly experienced players and were probably even worse than the young lad?