Rob Holding is looking forward to playing against Harry Kane on Sunday as the Englishman looks to start his first north London derby.

If Rob Holding never does another thing for Arsenal, he will forever be remembered as the kid who squared up to Diego Costa and told him what we all thought of him.

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It’s no wonder, then, that he’s excited about the prospect of facing up to Harry Kane who, although he can be a snide little s**t who gets away with diving and all manner of other shenanigans, isn’t in the same s**thouse league as Costa.

“I don’t know [how to stop him], he scores goals, doesn’t he?” Holding said. “If he doesn’t score a goal, I’ll be happy.

“It’s one I’m looking forward to. I’ve been on the bench against Tottenham at White Hart Lane in my first year. It was a good experience the first time, especially away at White Hart Lane.

“Their crowd was up and our fans were giving it some. It seemed like a hot atmosphere to play in so I’m looking forward to that. I’m looking forward to going up against Harry Kane.”

The atmosphere on Sunday is bound to be electric as the fans get behind the team under Unai Emery. “Yes, everyone is together,” Holding replied when asked if there has been a ‘re-connection with fans’.

“We knew with the new manager it was going to be a process. He’s come in and had a good first half of the season.

“With the fans behind us and the manager, the players are all buying into it. We’re in a positive momentum at the moment.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur goes down under pressure from Antonio Ruediger of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 24, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 24: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur goes down under pressure from Antonio Ruediger of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 24, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

“For the players, we just know it is a big game for the fans and that is mainly our focus. We want to beat Tottenham and give fans the bragging rights and let them enjoy their weekend.

“Our fans will be behind us and we’ve just got to prove to them that we can beat Tottenham.”

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 18 across all competitions and although they are three points behind Tottenham in the Premier League, they have scored five more and lost one game less.

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