Wenger: Holding will have a great future

      

Wenger: Holding will have a great future

Picture: Ronnie Macdonald

Arsene Wenger has revealed that he believes Rob Holding has a great future ahead of him because of his awareness of the game and mature attitude off the pitch.

Holding, who was brought in from Bolton Wanderers in the summer, has put in excellent performances on the right side of Wenger’s new three-man defensive structure, and according to the French manager it is all down to the youngster's mental abilities and attitude.

“When we were in the situation where we decide to play him, you must have confidence in him,” Wenger said. “I believe he has a great future because he’s very intelligent and has a very objective analysis of his own performance.

“The biggest part in the improvement of a player is to be capable of analysing his performance in a very objective way, [be] a little bit harsh, and I think he has that in him.

“He’s very bright about what’s happening and he analyses very well and understands very well. He reads the game very well.”

Holding’s recent performances for Arsenal have given birth to claims that he might be the future of England’s defence, and although judgements are premature, Holding's statistics in comparison to Manchester City's John Stones tell a similar story.

Holding has more tackles per game on average (1.3 to 1 for Stones), more blocks (1.3 to 0.5), makes more clearances (5.5 to 4.3) and wins more aerial battles (4.3 to 1.8).

Stones, on the other hand, has better passing success rate (80.4% to 91.9%) and makes more interceptions (1 to 1.5).

Arsenal face their biggest test in the closing stages of this season on Sunday when they travel to White Hart Lane to play fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspurs . Should Wenger opt to continue with his current formation, Holding is sure to keep the dream rolling.

Rob Holding

Picture: Whoscored.com. Holding has had a great debut season for Arsenal.

 

 

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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 38 79 100
2 Manchester United FC 38 40 81
3 Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 38 77
4 Liverpool FC 38 46 75
5 Chelsea FC 38 24 70
6 Arsenal FC 38 23 63
7 Burnley FC 38 -3 54
8 Everton FC 38 -14 49
9 Leicester City FC 38 -4 47
10 Newcastle United FC 38 -8 44
11 Crystal Palace FC 38 -10 44
12 AFC Bournemouth 38 -16 44
13 West Ham United FC 38 -20 42
14 Watford FC 38 -20 41
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -20 40
16 Huddersfield Town 38 -30 37
17 Southampton FC 38 -19 36
18 Swansea City FC 38 -28 33
19 Stoke City FC 38 -33 33
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 38 -25 31