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Calum Chambers lauds Arsenal teammate Rob Holding

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Calum Chambers lauds Arsenal teammate Rob Holding

Calum Chambers has told Arsenal’s official website that anyone who thought that he was jealous of Rob Holding while he played for the Gunners first-team last season was completely wrong.

Chambers is back in Unai Emery’s ranks after spending a year out on loan at Fulham. Meanwhile, Holding impressed the Emirates faithful last season as he made 10 Premier League appearances, while playing a further five games in the Europa League.

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An injury brought an end to the 23-year-old’s campaign back in December. He is closing in on a return to first-team contention, while Chambers is back in the fold after returning from his loan at Craven Cottage.

And as he reflected on his development, Chambers – who moved to North London in a £16 million deal in 2014, according to the Guardian – insisted that he was delighted to see Holding take full advantage of the opportunity he got last term before he sustained the season-ending injury.

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“People asked me how it felt to be on loan and watching Arsenal from a distance,” he told the club’s official website. “I think they thought I’d be jealous of Rob starting every week for Arsenal before his injury – but that’s absolutely not the case.

“I was so happy for Rob and I loved watching him play. He was doing so well and he’s a good friend of mine, so I was just really happy for him.”

 

It would not be a surprise to see both Chambers and Holding feature regularly in the same Arsenal team in the near future.

Chambers has impressed in the early stages of this season – he scored Arsenal’s second equalising goal in the 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Sunday – and plenty of fans appear to be extremely excited about Holding’s potential.

And with Sokratis and David Luiz struggling at centre-back, Emery may relish the opportunity to pick Holding again.

The pair have taken fairly different paths to the Arsenal first-team. But it appears that they could soon be just as important to Emery’s plans as each other.

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