Arsenal fans react on Twitter to Holding display v Basel
By Dominic Toner
Arsenal youngster Rob Holding played 90 minutes against Basel on Tuesday night – and the club’s supporters were thrilled with his performance on Twitter.
The Gunners completed a comfortable 4-1 away victory against the Swiss side and have qualified as group leaders for the Champions League knockout rounds, with Paris Saint-Germain only managing a draw against Ludogorets.
Lucas Perez made the most of a rare start in the team with a hat-trick and Alex Iwobi also got on the scoresheet.
Holding looked assured alongside centre-back Laurent Koscielny in his first ever Champions League game.
The 21-year-old was dispossessed late on by Seydou Doumbi and he capitalised to score a consolation goal, but he will be pleased overall.
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Arsenal fans expressed their delight with Holding’s performance despite his one error and think he has great potential.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Bar the mistake for Basel's goal thought Holding was great
— #10 (@ThierryEW) December 6, 2016
Everybody was excellent tonight. Very impressed with Holding, Gabriel (at RB), Gibbs, Xhaka, and Lucas. Iwobi coming back to form #afc
— Roi (@GunneRoi) December 6, 2016
Massive credit to Rob Holding ????
— Scott (@craicdealerfc) December 6, 2016
Great defending by Holding there. Bar the one error for their goal he's been brilliant. #UCL
— Harry ???????????????????????????????????? (@AFC_Harry34) December 6, 2016
Ngl Holding is a bargain unreal signing
— ???? (@AFCKiran) December 6, 2016
Rob Holding at £2m in today's market could turn out to be an absolute steel! He's got the lot! #afc
— dan wylie (@wyliedan) December 6, 2016
Rob holding is captain material. Soon.
— JR (@Jam_AFC) December 6, 2016
Holding having a great game
— Alexis el nino AFC (@TejasAFC) December 6, 2016
Holding for 2M was one of the best deals of the summer, he's looked so good today
— COYWilshere (@AfcTwist) December 6, 2016
Arsenal completed the signing of Holding in the summer from Bolton and he has now made seven appearances this season.
The England Under-21 international is competing for a place alongside experienced players in Koscielny, Gabriel, Per Mertesacker and Shkodran Mustafi.
Gunners manager Wenger has always been keen on developing youngsters and Holding could be the next star to emerge.
The centre-back is extremely composed in possession, something which is crucial to an Arsenal team, and has also showed great defensive awareness already.
Holding has only made 38 senior appearances during his career during spells at Arsenal, Bolton and Bury, but is already beginning to show all the signs of becoming a top defender.
In other Arsenal news, Wenger means business is one of the things learned from the win against Basel.