Despite the Premier League title appearing to have slowly slipped out of Arsenal’s hands, centreback Rob Holding is still keen to win something this season.
The former Bolton Wanderers player of the season gave an exclusive interview to the Islington Gazette recently in which he spoke about the difference between his former club and the Gunners.
“There’s a massive difference between Bolton and Arsenal,” he said. “I’ve gone from playing in front of 15-17,000 to coming to Arsenal and getting 60,000 every week. It’s crazy to walk out to. I remember before the start against Liverpool when I first walked out and they all cheered me – it was a great welcome from the fans.
“That was a crazy game. I felt in the first half me and Calum Chambers did well as a young centrehalf partnership. And then they got a goal, albeit by a foul from me, and came flying out in the second half which was just a shock to us.
“We showed a bit of spirit to get back into it but we weren’t good enough to get a draw or a win at the end. So it was a difficult time, but I feel we’ve moved on from there.”
The 21-year-old added, “We want to end the season by winning something. I definitely want a trophy. I’ve never won a trophy apart from with England U21s. I’d love a trophy and a nice medal with Arsenal,”
It’s good that he’s optimistic since I’m not sure many of the fans are at the moment; we’re basically out of the title running and only a miracle could turn around our 5-1 deficit against Bayern Munich.
However, Arsenal are still in the FA Cup with non-League Lincoln City to face next, so there’s still hope.
Since signing from Bolton in the summer, Holding has only featured three times in the Premier League, when he was filling in for Laurent Koscielny at the beginning of the season, but he’s been a regular in the FA Cup. Therefore, it stands to reason that if we do make the final and win, he’ll be up there collecting his winner’s medal in May.