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'He is always there': Arteta lauds Arsenal 26-year-old for West Ham display, says he was 'man of the match'

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, was full of praise for his side after they beat West Ham and he singled out Rob Holding for praise.

Holding was thrust into the starting XI with Ben White out with injury. And as usual, Holding didn’t let his manager down as he produced a solid display, capped off by getting the opening goal.

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Despite not always being a regular, the former Bolton man has become a popular figure among the Arsenal players and fans. Indeed, it was evident when he scored just how happy his teammates were for him. And Arteta, speaking after the game, wanted to single out Holding for praise.

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“You have to find a way to win all the time to win – forcing mistakes, being brilliant, digging in, clean sheets. I am really happy, especially for Rob Holding as he hasn’t played the amount of minutes he deserves. He was man of the match today. He is always there when we need him,” Arteta told Sky (quotes via the BBC).

Holding will be hoping to play a key role for the Gunners between now and the end of the season. With White out, his role might be even more important than ever.

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He might not be the most talented individual in this Arsenal team but every squad needs players like Rob Holding.

He goes under the radar, never seems to kick up a fuss, and then when he’s called upon, he delivers. Today was another example of him doing that, with a fine performance against a good team.

Arteta is right to praise Holding here. Indeed, should White’s injury be a nasty one, then Arteta will need his squad players more than ever. The run-in is tighter than ever, and players like Holding might just hold the key for Arsenal.

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