By Harvey Byrne
Arsene Wenger has revealed that he was surprised by new £2million signing Rob Holding after he made his debut against the MLS All Stars in the early hours of Friday morning, UK time.
The unknown defender joined the Emirates club from Bolton this summer becoming the Gunners third acquisition and his fist task was to face Arsenal’s tormentor, Didier Drogba.
Although the powerful Ivory Coast star scored again last night taking his tally to 16 goals from 16 appearances against the Gunners the young defender received plaudits from his manager.
“He’s adapted surprisingly. In a very good way, because he reads the game well and understands what’s going on, anticipates well,” said Wenger after the game, as quoted The Mirror.
“And that’s a quality at such a young age that you do not find a lot.”
The youngster made 30 appearances last term and was a shining light in Bolton’s wretched campaign that ended in relegation to League One.
He was named Bolton’s Player of the Year last season, and was part of Gareth Southgate’s tournament-winning under-21 side that also included new team-mate Calum Chambers.
The 20-year-old will face stiff competition from the current crop of Arsenal centre-backs for an immediate first-team place, with senior players Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertescaker, Gabriel and Chambers expected to be higher in the pecking order.
In other Arsenal team news, ex-Gunners midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong is on trial with MLS club Sporting Kansas City.