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Sol Campbell hails ‘fantastic’ Rob Holding for Arsenal turnaround


Holding has been a mainstay for the Gunners this season (Picture: Getty Images)

Sol Campbell has heaped praise on Rob Holding for turning his career around at Arsenal.

The 25-year-old looked set to join Newcastle on loan last summer after the arrivals of Pablo Mari and Gabriel, but Mikel Arteta changed his mind and convinced Holding to stay at the club.

Since then, the English centre-back has gone on to become a key cog in the heart of Arsenal’s backline this season, making 18 Premier League appearances so far.

The defender was once again dominant in the draw with United (Picture: Getty Images)

Holding had to recover from rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in December 2018, which ruled him out of action for nine months, and missed several games earlier this season with a hamstring issue.

Despite those setbacks, he has been one of the Gunners’ most consistent performers in defence and further proved his worth with another solid display in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United at the Emirates.

Legendary Arsenal centre-back Campbell has been impressed by the defender and the manner in which he has turned his fortunes around at the north London club.

When asked who has been the most impressive at the back for Arteta’s side, Campbell told Stadium Astro: ‘I think Rob Holding, he’s been fantastic. 

‘He’s had a couple of injuries this season, in and out. But he’s come in solid and held his own.

‘Today, he got some really good defensive headers out of the danger zone, getting those little touches. 

‘He has really come on and I’m really happy for him, because he was touch and go to leave Arsenal and he’s had a few injuries and now come in strong.

‘He’s been definitely one of the pluses since he’s got back into the side.’

The Gunners have climbed up to 10th in the table with a run of five wins from their last seven league games.

Arteta’s side are back in action again on Tuesday night when they take on Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves at Molineux.


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