Laurent Koscielny says Rob Holding will have the full support of the Arsenal family as he works his way back from the knee injury which is set to sideline him for up to nine months.
The 23-year-old ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the 2-2 draw with Manchester United and is set to undergo surgery this week.
His road to recovery will be a long one, and Koscielny, who last night made his first appearance after a seven-month layoff of his own, knows there will be ups and downs along the way.
“I sent him a lot of messages,” the Frenchman told Arsenal.com after his comeback in the 1-0 win over Qarabag.
“It’s a difficult period for him but he needs to be strong, and to stay strong,
“I know he’s a defender so he likes to fight, and the most important thing is to be with him, to help him every day.
“We know during rehab you have some good moments and some bad moments, because you don’t always progress as you wanted. But he knows we are all here at Arsenal for him, we are his family as well.
“So if he wants to talk or come with us, he knows he can come because it’s our family.”
Koscielny admitted earlier this season that he seriously struggled with the mental side of being sidelined and even called out his national team boss, Didier Deschamps, for the lack of contact.
With that in mind, you can be sure that our club captain will be doing everything to help Holding through this tough period.