Rob Holding recently visited Arsenal academy’s revamped Hale End facilities.
Holding, who’s only 21-years-old himself, recently visited where Arsenal’s up-and-coming starlets train.
As you can see in the video above, the defender gets to see first hand how sharp the academy now looks, and even got the chance to have a chat to the youngsters getting to experience it.
Speaking while on the tour, Holding’s main advice for the academy members was just to enjoy it while they can before they encounter the pressure of senior football.
“The step up from academy football to men’s, where people’s jobs are on the line and stuff like that, that brings a totally different pressure,” he said.
“It is a difficult time and a difficult year but personally I just kept performing the best I could and it led to a move to Arsenal. So it it difficult to step up but you’ve just got to be prepared physically and mentally to put the work in and enjoy it! Enjoy playing football!
“(Don’t) think about what happens if you get dropped out the team and you’re not involved. Still enjoy and want to play football.”
The Hale End facilities have undergone a multi-million pound refurbish, and were only reopened in April.
Arsenal marked the occasion by beating Manchester United, Juventus and Bayern Munich to win Liam Brady Cup.
The state-of-the-art facilities boast four full-size pitches, which have each been named after the original four stands at Highbury; the ‘David Rocastle’ indoor sports hall complete with 4G pitch and a wrap-around design, which is supposed to replicate the feel of the Emirates; a gym; analysts’ suite; classrooms; restaurant; changing rooms; medical space; offices and recreational space.
The facilities also have pictures and shirts of former Arsenal Academy members hanging on the walls. The likes of Alex Iwobi, Jack Wilshere, Hector Bellerin and Francis Coquelin and Wojciech Szczesny, who recently signed for Juventus, are all up there.