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Holding has taken his chance - Emery

24th November 2018, 10:33 by Nick Harris

Rob Holding has vindicated the club's decision to keep him at Arsenal this season, according to Gunners boss Unai Emery.

The defender has started 11 of the last 13 games across all competitions and has developed into a key figure in Emery's first six months in charge at the Emirates Stadium.

Holding admitted recently that he was "disappointed" to miss out on the last England squad and is still targeting a debut senior cap.

The 23-year-old stayed put following Emery's arrival, while fellow centre-back Calum Chambers joined Fulham on loan.

Coupled with injuries to Laurent Koscielny and Konstantinos Mavropanos, Holding has seized his chance and appears to have impressed Emery along the way.

"We decided for him to stay here and when he had chances, he played well and he helped us with big performances," the Gunners head coach said of Holding.

"Every match is a test, another test for Rob to do that. He is improving, he is taking confidence and with confidence he is at his best.

"In the pre-season we also had Mavropanos - but he is injured now - we had also Chambers and we decided to let him go on loan to Fulham and we decided that Rob Holding stayed here.

"But in the pre-season, every decision was looking at the matches with the players and finding the best performance in this moment."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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