Rob Holding says last night’s 1-0 win at Manchester United was especially satisfying for him given the bad injury he sustained at Old Trafford nearly two years ago.
The centre-back, a boyhood United fan, suffered damage to his ACL ligament in the Emery-era 2-2 draw in 2018 and was sidelined for the best part of a year.
Struggling for form and game time on his return, Holding’s career at the Emirates looked to be hanging by a thread. Were it not for an injury to Shkodran Mustafi, the 25-year-old might have left the club this summer but he’s since built on a solid end to the last campaign to become an Arteta favourite this season.
“I’m happy with the performance and the clean sheet,” he told Arsenal.com.
“We’ve not won here in 14 years in the league so it’s nice to get that off our backs. The team’s just improving and hopefully, we can just keep this momentum.
“I knew it [our bad record at Old Trafford] from the past two years we’ve been here. The last time I played here was the ACL injury, so it was nice to come here and put that to bed to come away with a win.
He added: “It’s the team I grew up supporting with the family so it’s nice to get a result there.”
Like his teammates, Holding hopes the win fosters a greater belief in the camp after tricky recent away days at Liverpool and Manchester City.
“I think our performance at City was a good team performance and we just got unlucky with the result,” he reflected.
“I think now we can get that confidence from beating a top-six team away and then we can crack on.”