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.