Rob Holding made the BBC Team of the Week for the latest round of fixtures, after his impressive display against Liverpool on Wednesday.
The BBC’s Garth Crooks named Rob Holding in his Team of the Week after Wednesday’s win. He wrote that despite Sadio Mane seeming to get the better of the centre-back at first, Holding came out on top in the end.
Crooks added that “with a run of games he (Holding) might find himself a permanent feature in the Arsenal defensive line-up”.
Holding’s performance really was all about his individual battle with Mane. Though the defender had other players to worry about at times, the Liverpool winger was the away side’s main threat and they contested a number of duels.
The Arsenal centre-back seems to thrive on those kinds of contests, though. Everyone remembers his mind games with Diego Costa, and it was the same sort of thing against Mane.
As long as you keep your own focus in the key moments, it’s rarely a bad thing to unsettle an opponent.
Arsenal fans can probably justifiably wonder why a few of their other players didn’t make the team.
Emi Martinez was fantastic in goal and definitely made the save of the weekend. Kieran Tierney performed as well as Holding, out of position at centre-back. Alexandre Lacazette was clinical and followed the gameplan perfectly. But we’ll take what we can get.