Arsenal’s latest young star hails ‘crazy year’

Rob Holding has spoken out about his amazing year, from suffering relegation with Bolton, to lifting his first trophy in the FA Cup with Arsenal.

The 21 year-old nearly left the club in January due to a lack of first-team action, but following talks with Arsene Wenger he was convinced to stay and learn, and ended the season as a first-team regular.

Holding has now talked out about his ‘crazy’ year, highlighting his highs and lows endured at such a young age.

“When we were celebrating at the end, I just sat down and thought, ‘Last year I was devastated at Derby when I got relegated with Bolton’,” he said. “To go from that to winning the FA Cup in the space of a year is crazy.

“I’m lost for words really. When the final whistle went, it was a crazy feeling. I never thought I’d experience it but we got the job done. Hopefully there’s more to come.”

Holding received plaudits after the game for how he fared against Diego Costa, and the 21-year-old was pleased with his performance alongside Per Mertesacker.

“If he gets one in 90 minutes, I’ve done my job,’ he said. “They’re a strong team as we’ve seen over the season and they’ve won a lot of games in the Premier League. We knew it would be a tough game but we managed to keep our high intensity, pressed them high and didn’t let them play.

“It’s the first time Per and I have played with each other apart from in training. A guy like Per has won the World Cup so he’s going to make it comfortable for me as well. He’s a quality player.”

Holding is fast becoming one of my favourite players at our club, and I’m looking forward to him continuing to grow into the top defender he is proving to be.

Is Holding the signing of the season?

Pat J

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  1. Omonaija says:

    Grass to grace I guess. Congrat RH.

  2. Patrick Karani says:

    An absolute bargain! He and Chambers could form the best centre back partnership over the next decade.

  3. mick ford says:

    it proveswe have immense talented young players if they are given a chance as in thepast we had to play bellerin now one of the best in prem every media idiot media was condemning wenger that he was a skinflint when he signed holding for 2 mill are they saying it now another star for gunners and england

  4. Dan Mutai says:

    Rob Holding!!!!!!!!!!! what a talent, I like the tenacity of the guy, fearless, man city game at Wembley, he was a rock in defense

  5. McLovin says:

    He needs to be a starter next season, alongside Koscielny and Mustafi. Otherwise he might lose his way and end up like Chambers..

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  6. GoonerKev84 says:

    John Stones 50 million Rob Holding. 2 million the way the two young defenders play you’d think Rob Holding was the 50 million quid guy he’s got unbelievable talent can only get better.

  7. Godswill says:

    Next time Costa plays against this guy, he would remember Holding pointing to his head in that confrontation. What ever that meant, Costa got the message and would never mess up around him.
    We need players with strong character like this and he’s only 21.
    2 M? Best bargain of the season.

  8. Gily says:

    I don’t know why the media people hate Wenger so much. He is a top class Manager IMHO. They minimize his strengths and magnify his occasional mistakes. How I wish he quits, and let us how they turn around and blab.

  9. Tatek Girma says:

    This guy is really the future of Arsenal and England.

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