Rob Holding says Arsenal still have momentum on their side despite three draws in their last four games.
Having been on an 11-game winning streak, the Gunners have had to settle for single points against Crystal Palace and Liverpool in the league and versus Sporting Lisbon in Europe. A hard-fought win over Blackpool in the Carabao Cup has been their only win over a jam-packed two-week schedule, although the unbeaten run now stretches to 15 matches.
Unai Emery’s men face Wolves on Sunday at the Emirates and Holding is eager to pick up three points that would put the pressure back on their top four rivals before the Interlull.
“The past three weeks have been a game, two days break, a game, two days, so it is just about getting a recovery session done, getting yourself feeling up to scratch to go again on Sunday,” he told Arsenal.com.
“There’s definitely momentum about the team, we’ve rested some players who will probably come in at the weekend and we’ll go again and hopefully get the win.
“I want to play every minute that I can. I am feeling fit and healthy. I just want to get as much game-time as I can.”
The 23-year-old has played every minute in the Premier League since coming on as a sub against Everton on 23 September, a run of seven games. He’s actually been in the centre of defence for every one of Arsenal’s clean sheets this season; a total of five across the Premier League and Europa League.
His impressive form hasn’t yet led to a first call-up from Gareth Southgate, but it’s something the defender is aiming for, especially having seen his roommate at under-21 level, Leicester’s Ben Chilwell, make the step up.
“You see Ben getting in and he’s a guy I first roomed with in the England under-21s so I am really happy with how he’s doing,” he told the Evening Standard.
“We’ve seen with Harry Maguire, getting his chance over the past year how well he has done. So, there will be chances there. I was disappointed to miss out but I’m just concentrating on getting a run on the team.”