'Immense', 'A gem': Arsenal fans react to display of 21-year-old v Stoke
By Russell Edge
Arsenal fans took to social media to sing the praises of defender Rob Holding after his impressive performance against Stoke on Sunday.
Goals from Olivier Giroud (two), Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez secured a convincing 4-1 away to the Potters and ensured that the Gunners kept alive their fight for a fourth placed finish.
It was the attacking flair of Arsene Wenger’s side which stole the limelight with the North London side returning to their fluid best to dominate an inferior Stoke side.
However, 21-year-old Holding’s performance did not go unnoticed, with fans taking to Twitter to recognise the former Bolton man’s contribution.
Here are a selection of their messages from Twitter:
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ROB HOLDING YOU KNOWWW! HES BETTER THAN CANNAVAROOOO!!
— Freddie (@FreddieBoyAFC) May 13, 2017
— Azu Eneogwe (@Azumarcus) May 13, 2017
— Chris J aka C Tex (@DJ_CTex23) May 13, 2017
— Brett (@Brett_leverton) May 13, 2017
Great result, but now we hope West Ham will do us a favor. Also, Rob Holding is a gem of a defender. #AFC
— The Arsenal Man (@GoonerFamily12) May 13, 2017
Rob Holding is immense #AFC
— Andrey (@MiaSanOezil) May 13, 2017
Holding has made a big difference, Cech is a lot more composed with him in there.
— Kroenke Out (@Clockend_Gooner) May 13, 2017
Rob Holding can be whatever he wants to be. Never seen a centre half at his age play with such composure #AFC
— Matty Phillips (@MatthewPhill87) May 13, 2017
Holding joined the Gunners from Bolton in the summer of 2016 and went straight into their starting XI, making his debut in the 4-3 defeat to Liverpool on the opening weekend.
However he failed to make a league appearance for Wenger’s side between the end of August and the middle of April, when he returned in his side’s 2-1 victory away at Middlesbrough.
This coincided with a change of tactics from the French manager, as he turned to using a three man defence, and it appears to have worked wonders for both the player and manager.
Holding has made seven appearances in the league for Arsenal this season, although he has started 12 matches on the bench without getting on the pitch.
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