After 293 days without playing a first team game, Rob Holding made his comeback in the 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest last night.
The 24 year old didn’t have a lot to do defensively as the Gunners dominated the game, but not only did he come through it unscathed, he notched a goal and found himself wearing the captain’s armband, much to his delight.
With the team 1-0 up against the Championship side, he nodded home Reiss Nelson’s corner to double the lead and open up the floodgates in the final 20 minutes.
As you’d expect, he was pleased with his night’s work after a long struggle through rehab and recuperation from an ACL injury.
“It’s been a long process and there’s been lot of long days in the gym with me and Hector, but I couldn’t have written it any better myself to make that comeback,” he said.
“The way it panned out was just brilliant. When I got told I was vice captain I was over the moon, so when Mesut came off and passed the armband over I was so happy.
“Then it went perfectly again, Reiss put a great ball in and I managed to get my head on it.”
Holding also took time to give some props to teammate Hector Bellerin who was making his comeback from the cruciate injury he picked up against Chelsea in January.
“Yeah, he comes on straight away, has a touch and shot that ricocheted out and then he slides in for the assist,” said Holding.
“He’ll be over the moon with that and I think Calum Chambers had three assists? He’s playing really well at the moment.
“The young lads that are coming through like Bukayo, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock have performed at a top, top level too.”
There was a lot to like about last night. Players coming back from injury with a bang, great performances from some young players, and a fine debut from Kieran Tierney. Check out the player ratings below.