Rob Holding says he’s very happy to have signed a contract extension with Arsenal and is hoping he can now go on to secure a regular first-team spot.
It was confirmed yesterday that the 22-year-old, who has 42 appearances to his name since signing from Bolton in 2016, had agreed to new terms at the Emirates.
“I’m happy to sign for an extra two years,” he told Arsenal.com.
“It gives me a bit of time to get more experience and build a place in the team.
“Why would you want to go somewhere else? You’re at Arsenal, you want to make it there. Other clubs, you’re not interested in. You want to make it at Arsenal.”
Looking around the changing room, Holding believes that Arsenal’s young squad has the potential to do big things in the future, albeit with a new manager at the helm.
“I was talking to Calum [Chambers] the other day and we were going through the ages of the players and it’s quite a young team.
“Some are 24, some 26-year-olds…the oldest is obviously Petr Cech, but we are quite a young team and we’ll be coming into our best years in the next two or three years, it’ll be ideal.
“You’ve seen with Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Eddie [Nketiah] that there is talent in the younger teams as well.”
Holding also underlined how he’s benefitted from working alongside Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Per Mertesacker on a daily basis since making the move from Bolton. He admits that while he’s sad to see the latter retire, it does open up an opportunity for him to get more football.
“I’ve matured from a young boy to a man by doing the right things off the pitch to help me on the pitch,” he continued.
“Just the experience of being around veteran players and full international players, that rubs off on you. You mirror what they do.
“I’ve worked with Per [Mertesacker] for two years and he’s been massive for me.
“I’ll be sad to see him go, he’ll be missed in the changing room. But I’ve got to see it as an opportunity, that’s the only way I can look at it. I’ve got to crack on and secure a place in the first team.”