Arsenal defeated Nottingham Forest 5-0 on Tuesday night to set up a Carabao Cup last 16 contest with Liverpool.
One of the most pleasing aspects of the night was the long-awaited return of central defender Rob Holding. The England hopeful has been absent for 10 months with a knee injury and made a goalscoring return to action.
Arsenal haven’t made a bad start to the 2019/20 campaign, although it is fair to say that boss Unai Emery still has some defensive concerns.
David Luiz arrived from Chelsea during the summer and he looks like being first-choice this season. Alongside him, the jury remains out over Sokratis and the task of partnering the former Chelsea man looks up for grabs.
The Telegraph has today reported that Emery is close to announcing who is five captains are going to be for the rest of the season.
It claims that Granit Xhaka is likely to keep the armband but also hints that Holding could be a candidate to be second in command.
The 24-year-old took on the armband following Mesut Ozil’s withdrawal on Tuesday night and Emery is keen for at least one of his five selections to be English.
Holding meets that criteria, of course, but it would be silly to name him as one of his influential leaders if there was no intention to play him,
This latest development should delight Holding as it would seemingly imply that regular first-team football is forthcoming.
Next up for Arsenal is a trip to Manchester United and after such a long lay-off it remains to be seen whether or not Holding will earn another chance to shine.
If the man signed for £2 million (BBC Sport) does claim one of Emery’s five captain spots then surely he is seen as a first-team regular sooner rather than later.