Holding chooses his Ultimate XI, and it’s scary


Holding chooses his Ultimate XI, and it’s scary

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Arsenal new player Rob Holding has not seen much first-team football this season, but he sure knows a good player when he sees one.

Speaking for Arsenal TV, Holding gave his ultimate XI, and to be honest, it’s a team that would terrify even the most experienced of players out there. Some of those who didn't make the cut were Cristiano Ronaldo, Dennis Bergkamp, Neymar, Thierry Henry, and Andrea Pirlo.

Here is Holding's XI:

Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon

Juventus’ and Italy’s long-serving keeper has been regarded as one of the best, if not the best keeper, to grace the game. He’s proven his qualities throughout the years.

Right Back: Dani Alves

‘He will give me width and attack down the right-hand side.’

The Brazilian spent eight years at Barcelona, and you don’t remain in one of the biggest clubs in the world without possessing the quality. He is one who would fight for you team – even if it means scooping from that Brazilian flair for theatrics.

Centre Back: Fabio Cannavaro

A legendary defender, Cannavaro was so influential for Italy at the back during the 2006 World Cup that he was chosen for Ballon D’or ahead of in-form Thierry Henry. How good is that?

Centre Back: Rio Ferdinand

Ferdinand is good choice for any ultimate XI. The tall defender was part of a hugely successful 2008 Manchester United side, but don’t let that fool you, he was top class throughout his career too.

Left Back: Ashley Cole

Hated by Arsenal fans and loved by Chelsea fans. Quality tends to divide opinions like that. Undoubtedly, Cole was a very good player during his Arsenal time.

Centre Midfield: Paul Scholes

The one to have in midfield, for sure. Scholes is considered by many to be the best midfielder to grace the Premier League. As obvious as his repertoire of passes and succulent executions were, his intelligence in the decision making process of the game separated him from others.

Centre Midfield: Patrick Vieira (captain)

Holding classified him as ‘ultimate centre midfielder’, and he is not far from the truth. A powerful player, physical but with intelligence and technique, all of it on top of being a true leader. Vieira is the one to have in any ultimate XI.

Winger Right: Ronaldinho

A shining man wherever he played, Ronaldinho infected crowds with his enthusiasm on the pitch. His smile never dropped off his face, and neither did ours.

Considered one of football’s best ever players. Zidane was hugely influential for France and the clubs he played. He was a midfield general, controlling the game with his passion and vision, but could score goals too.

Winger Left: Lionel Messi

Holding described him as a ‘joke’. He must be. He’s scored 339 goals in 375 matches for Barcelona. He possesses unique natural talent, but it remains to be seen whether he will do another ‘Argentina’ when surrounded with players who do not play solely for him.

Striker: Ronaldo

That is the Brazilian Ronaldo, the one who was called the Phenomenon. And what or who do you call a phenomenon? Exactly something very rare indeed.  



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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 30 65 81
2 Manchester United FC 30 35 65
3 Liverpool FC 31 39 63
4 Tottenham Hotspur FC 30 34 61
5 Chelsea FC 30 25 56
6 Arsenal FC 30 14 48
7 Burnley FC 30 1 43
8 Leicester City FC 30 2 40
9 Everton FC 31 -13 40
10 AFC Bournemouth 31 -12 36
11 Watford FC 31 -16 36
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 -12 34
13 Newcastle United FC 30 -10 32
14 Swansea City FC 30 -17 31
15 Huddersfield Town 31 -27 31
16 Crystal Palace FC 31 -18 30
17 West Ham United FC 30 -21 30
18 Southampton FC 30 -15 28
19 Stoke City FC 31 -29 27
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 31 -25 20