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Rob Holding now shares what Mikel Arteta did in Arsenal dressing room at half-time at the London Stadium

Arsenal defender Rob Holding says Mikel Arteta gave his Gunners squad a ‘telling off’ at half-time against West Ham.

Holding’s first Premier League goal in an Arsenal shirt had put his side 1-0 up before Jarrod Bowen made it 1-1 right before the interval.

The Gunners of course recovered to get a crucial win through Gabriel, but Holding told the club’s official website that Arteta was not happy at the break.

Conceding right on half time is never ideal and it could have spelt trouble for Arsenal, and perhaps West Ham had one eye on Thursday’s Europa League second leg with Eintracht Frankfurt.

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“Yeah, we were a bit disappointed to concede that coming in just before half time,” said Holding, before sharing what Arteta did next.

“It would have been nice to go in one-nil, but he gave us all a shouting and telling off and we came out and looked more like a team and played how he wanted to play.”

“Yeah, the fans were calling to bring Rob Holding on, but he was already on!” he joked.

“It’s what it’s been like, Ben and Gabi have been great all year and when I’ve had to come on and try and help us secure the three points it’s vital for us, so to play the full 90 and get the three points is even better.”

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Arsenal are now back in the box seat in the race for the final Champions League place, with just four games of the season remaining.

That re-arranged north London derby looks like it will be all-important at this stage, and of course it will be if the sides are within three points of each other by then.

But there have been thrills and spills so far in the race and with 12 points on offer, there is still time for plenty more.

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