Holding: Old Trafford could provide closure on injury agony

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Rob Holding says that even if he’s just on the bench for tonight’s encounter with Man Utd, it will go some way to providing closure after his 10 month spell out with injury.

In December 2018, the defender ruptured his ACL at Old Trafford and missed the rest of last season. He returned to full training during the summer, and made his comeback in the 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup last week.

However, going back to the scene of the injury, and potentially making his first Premier League appearance, is something he’s looking at in a positive light.

“It will be coming full circle,” he told Sky Sports.

“Even if I am on the bench it will be brilliant to just walk back to that spot that it happened and just sort of take it in and have a bit of a moment.

“Then it will be business as usual. But I couldn’t really write it any better. I suppose you could say it is a bit of closure for it to happen there and then your first game involved is back there.

“It will be interesting, but I look forward to it.”

The Gunners face their old rivals in a game which means a lot less than it used to in the past, but a first win in Manchester since 2006 would open up a 6 point gap and move Unai Emery’s side back into the top four – level on points with Leicester.

Fingers crossed.

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Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

Come on Arsenal!
Holding seems like a nice chappie, hope he gets on, knocks a few heads and helps the team to a famous victory.

Gunner pundit
Gunner pundit

Quality player

backsakacrack
backsakacrack

At least 25x better than john stones

IamaGoober

Holding is turning into a cult hero. Nothing would please me more than to see him involved tonight as we tuck United in at home.

As a side note, this a huge game for Emery this evening. If he cant get a result against what is quite literally the worst Man United side I have ever seen in my life time, under the stewardship of their worst ever manager.

Then serious questions have to be raised about his future at the club, when the likes of Allegri are floating around without a job right now. Even candidates like Brendan Rodgers seem like they could offer quite a lot. I’m not his biggest fan by any means. But it is getting harder and harder to ignore the work he is doing at Leicester.

Gunnerali
Gunnerali

Would love it, just love it if Holding comes on as a sub & scores the winning goal 😊

weebgooner
weebgooner

It would be an even sweeter as closure if Arsenal can win the game! COYG!

SB Still
SB Still

A boring 0-1 to the Arsenal will be just fine.

Scourge of Goooner
Scourge of Goooner

hah, You do know that’s very unlikely to happen right?

The Only Olivier is Giroud
The Only Olivier is Giroud

Actually considering Emery’s conservative approach to away games (and our struggles at OT which pre-dates him by a decade) and the state United are in I wouldn’t be against betting a few quid on a scrappy one goal affair.

weebgooner
weebgooner

Any score will do as long as Arsenal win!

PEA14
PEA14

Would love to see Holding starts or just even play some part of it. Would also love to see either him or Chambers score the winning header

PS : Please control yourself Luiz and don’t give away any penalty. TYVM

Gunner pundit
Gunner pundit

Man Utd 0-2 Arsenal

Leno
Bellerin Chambers Holding Tierney
Torreira gendouzi
Pepe Ozil Saka
Auba

Duno
Duno

Bellerin had an assist for the U23s this weekend. Wouldn’t it be a tad much to ask him to play again today, don’t you think?

PEA14
PEA14

This might the future starting 11. But some players are still not ready at the moment. It’s too big a gamble to throw them in at this point. Let Bellerin and co work their way at their pace

King Dezo217
King Dezo217

Thats my prediction also mate.

Gunner pundit
Gunner pundit

Stupid move putting Bellerin in the starting 11 nearly as bad as making Xhaka captain.

Maul Person
Maul Person

I’m guessing you meant TODAY’S starting eleven not THE starting eleven…?

Theenge
Theenge

May the team invoke the the spirits of Wiltooooord and, to a lesser extent, Emmanuel Adebayor by grabbing a first win at Old Trafford after what seems like a century

Spursarewank

Wiltooooooord

King Dezo217
King Dezo217

COYG,We have to beat man United by Unleashing Chambers,Rob Holding,Luiz,Tierney then Bench One Of your two Sons Xhaka or Guendouzi, Unleash Toreirra,Ceballos,Bellerin should start from bench because he played 90mins On Saturday….Luiz partner Sokratis won’t work ooo

Imustafiyou
Imustafiyou

Hope he starts but assuming he doesn’t.

Spursarewank

Rob was talking the other night about how Xhaka fulfils the leaders role in the dressing room and being quick to dish out fines. Let’s hope he’s dished himself out the maximum fines apart from Sokratis and Luiz till now because they’ve all been abysmal on the pitch where it matters. Checking your phone during training is not nearly as bad as pulling down Heung min-Son in the box stupidly in the NLD at the Emirates

backsakacrack
backsakacrack

Pulling down? It was a borderline assault

Red Arrow
Red Arrow

Not only a good player but a mature and intelligent man. Hope he stays injury free because he will be an asset to the team both on and off the pitch.

George
George

After Watford, I’ve no idea what to expect.

Here’s hoping.

Dubai Ham
Dubai Ham

I don’t wanna be negative 👎 but this is what will happen:
We will lose this game due to defensive shambles and we will make Greenwood and a bunch of other players into world stars just like what we did to Rashford a few seasons ago. United will go unbeaten for a long time and we will be fighting for 8th around Christmas.
I hope I am wrong.

neville neville
neville neville

I bet you are fun at a dinner party.

PEA14
PEA14

Are you a ManU fan btw?

Prince Gunner
Prince Gunner

You should look at it as positive since you are a MaNu fan. Be prepared to be disappointed..

Carl
Carl

At the very least Rob, you won’t be wearing that hideous green shirt!

para
para

Rob Holding to score and find closure. 🙂