Monday, May 16, 2022

“They stuck by us” – Holding revels in revitalised connection with fans

Rob Holding says Arsenal’s players are reaping the benefits of a better connection with the club’s fanbase who’ve stuck with the team through thick and thin this season.

The atmosphere on the terraces, both at Emirates Stadium and amongst the Gunners’ travelling contingent, is widely accepted to be the best it has been in years and, despite peaks and troughs in form, support has remained overwhelmingly positive.

Holding thinks it’s a testament to manager Mikel Arteta who, since joining the club in December 2019, made it a priority to repair the fanbase fissures that had developed during the tail-end of Arsene Wenger’s era and that plagued Unai Emery’s tenure.

“I think since Mikel [Arteta] has come in there has been a big change in mentality and connecting with the fans,” Holding told the Evening Standard after the 2-1 win over West Ham.

“I think on Sunday the fans were amazing again and they have been for the last couple of weeks, in terms of away games and at home.

“That’s why our results have been decent since those three that we lost. We bounced back and they stuck by us. It could have been an easy point to turn on us, but they stuck by us and we’ve had three good results now.”

In a separate interview with Arsenal.com, the defender, who scored his first-ever Premier League goal at the weekend, continued the theme.

“Top again, top again, every away trip and at home last week against [Manchester] United,” he said of the support.

“The away fans have just been great this year. The one that stands out is Villa away, they were unbelievable. Again today, the same.

“Credit to them, they really do help us through when we’ve got those last 10 minutes under pressure.

“They have the belief and they keep singing, it’s just a big connection that we’ve got right now. It’s good for us.”

Sunday’s result ensures the Gunners retain a two-point advantage over Sp*rs heading into the final four games of the season.

Next time out, our neighbours face Liverpool at Anfield while we take on Leeds at Emirates Stadium. It could be a pivotal weekend before the north London derby in nine days’ time.

“We have got to take it a game at a time,” said Holding of the upcoming challenges.

“Obviously we have got Leeds at the weekend and that’s always an intense game.

“They come and bring energy. It will be a tough game, but we are at home with the fans behind us and we can try to chalk up another three points.

“Then the following week on the Thursday we have Tottenham, so that’s what it’ll come down to and it should be a good game.”

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Mkh

I really like him. Always happy and positive. Keep going Rob!

Rocastle7

Rob Holding you know……..

A Different George

Well, better than Eric Dier anyway.

TeeCee

Ooh. Damned with faint praise.

Alan Sunderland

No shit, I can confidently say I’m an better person than Vladimir Putin

ben

Wouldn’t mind keeping Holdini at the club. In no way should be a starter, but I think he is someone who’s a good character for the club and dressing room, and would accept being a squad player as part of a top four / top 5 side. He showed vs Chelse away and West Ham that he’s more than capable of contributing towards winning big points. It’s good to have an “old school” defender in the squad.

Guns Up

I’d love to keep Holding and Elneny as squad players. Hard to imagine replacing either with a better option, all things considered (ability, familiarity with club, system and teammates, acceptance of limited minutes without negatively affecting team morale, etc.).

TeeCee

Both of them have something essential in a squad player. Put them on and you know exactly what you’re going to get.
None of this having to play every match to stay fit/sharp/(whatever the excuse is), they train to be ready and they are.

Danny

100% they should stay. Holding in particular has never let us down and is a fantastic player to bring in when needed.

K9ine

He should be what Nacho is to Madrid. Dependable squad player.

78/79/80

Shame we didn’t hold on to him for same reason really.

Teryima Adi

It’s not our Monreal, Bro.😃

C.B.

Hope we are Holding onto Rob for many seasons to come…

A Different George

I recently re-watched the old Kevin Costner film Bull Durham, where the experienced baseball player is teaching the young prospect how to do interviews. “Write this down: `We’ve got to play them one at a time.'”

I like another Kevin Costner film – Dances With Wolves – after we beat them at Molineux.

Teryima Adi

Long may the bond between the fans and the players continue.

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