Rob Holding: The Return

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by albakos, Jul 22, 2016.

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  1. Impact

    Impact Well-Known Member

    Holding was a bright spark in an otherwise dire position (centre-back) for us. Think he has shown he is worth developing. I personally think he should be a third-choice option and those expecting him to be the bonafide starter around whom we will build our future defence will soon find themselves frustrated by his progress (or lack thereof, in their eyes).
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  2. The White Pelè

    The White Pelè Active Member

    Think he is another player Emery wants to develop and make him first choice in few years.

    Hopefully he will come back stronger from his injury.
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  3. Mo Britain

    Mo Britain Doom Monger

    Emery won't be here in a few years. Doubt very much whether he is planning beyond the next season or two at the moment.
  4. samshere

    samshere Why so serieuse?

    Both the Holding and Bellerin losses were gutting. We might still have pulled off a top four finish, if Ramsey also didn't go down.
  5. Impact

    Impact Well-Known Member

    Absolutely. Think we would have finished 4th if all those remained fit (and won the Europa).
  6. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    We were only one point off 4th anyway. Holding and Bellerin would have secured 3rd no problem and prevented the Emery hate mob from rearing their ugly heads!
  7. Hleb's Sirush

    Hleb's Sirush Well-Known Member

    Sokratis is definitely a decent defender. There are always bargains to be had. Even then we had to compromise on certain criteria to get him. He was on his last year of contract and 30 years old. Liverpool got Robertson for 8m only 2 years ago, so it's definitely possible.

    I'm talking more as a general rule. In the past (quite recently actually) £20m would have got you a world class defender. Now it's the asking price for the Soyuncus or Dalots, players who haven't even showed they can reach decent levels.
  8. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant

    So Holding from memory was pretty good before injury.

    Hope he develops into the player Bould believes he'll be.

    Does Sokratis-Holding work?

  9. Mitch

    Mitch Bellerin Upgrade Advocate

    We never lost one match that Holding played in last season.

    This included such results as

    Fulham 5-1
    Leciester 3-1
    Watford 2-0
    Sp**s 4-2
    Everton 2-0

    Kept clean sheets in 3 of the 4 of the EL matches he played in.

    Whilst also drawing with Utd and Liverpool.
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  10. Taylor Gang Gunners

    Taylor Gang Gunners Shame is a dish best served cold Trusted

    I know he’s not likely to be fit for the start of the season but does anyone know any sort of time frame as to when he might be fit? Sooner than Bellerin maybe?

    I love this lad to bits. Was well on the way to having a breakout year.
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  11. ptrcopp

    ptrcopp Well-Known Member

    It was December when he was injured and it was put at up to 9 months, but he was back in training earlier than expected so may be ready for the start of the season. Failing that, one would imagine by Sept.
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  12. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Easily Triggered

    Felt he was our best defender when he got injured. Think he and Sokratis would have been good partnership into the final months of the season.
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  13. Ricardinho

    Ricardinho La Liga Correspondent

    Our future capitano. Give him the house keys to look after.
  14. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Is it just me or does this lad seem much older than he is. I don't mean that he is finished I mean he shows maturity beyond his years on the pitch. Absolutely loved it when he gave Costa mouthful in the final a couple of years back.
  15. Tosker

    Tosker Well-Known Member

    I'm sure the Bolton youth system toughens 'em up pretty fast, and Holding joined it when he was 7
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  16. OnlyOne

    OnlyOne Short man Syndrome

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  17. Wounded Healer

    Wounded Healer Active Member

    i dont get why if we gave rob a chance to prove himself we wouldnt give bielik...
  18. Vinci

    Vinci The Sultan of Unai

  19. say yes

    say yes To VAR

    Got a hairline beyond his years, that’s for sure.
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  20. Tourbillion

    Tourbillion Angry 24/7

    Class act and a sense of humour on him.
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