Arsenal: Arteta previews Man Utd clash in Premier League
Arsenal legend Tony Adams has claimed that Rob Holding has the potential to captain the Gunners in the future, if he acts quickly to kick on and inspire Mikel Arteta’s side to silverware. Holding has impressed in defence this season, featuring in all but three of the club’s Premier League outings and keeping seven clean sheets in the process.
The 25-year-old has often struggled with injuries during his time in north London, but finally appears to have put the bad luck behind him after establishing himself as a regular starter under Arteta.
The Spaniard claimed earlier this month that he blocked Holding from leaving in pre-season as he knew the defender would become an important player in good time.
He has since penned a new three-year deal at the club, securing his future in the capital until at least the summer of 2024.
Although the former Bolton Wanderers man has looked assured at the back in recent weeks, Adams has urged him to start winning trophies in order to be truly successful at Arsenal.
The former Gunners and England skipper told Stadium Astro that he had won a number of titles by the time he was Holding’s age, but backed the Stalybridge-born defender to don the captain’s armband in future if he manages to help the club return to their former glory.
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“Rob Holding is a captain in the making for me,” said Adams. “[But] I would like him to get on with it.
“He has had injuries. I had won four trophies by the time I was 25.
“I’m not saying it’s my standards, but he has the right attitude and so has [Kieran] Tierney.”
Holding joined the Gunners from Bolton in 2016 for a reported fee of £2.7million, and has since racked up a century of appearances under three different managers.
He has also represented England at youth level on five occasions, but is yet to receive a call-up to the senior squad.
Arsenal seem to have turned a corner in recent weeks after their disastrous start to the campaign.
The Gunners fell as low as 16th before finally finding their feet in December, and now sit ninth after a run of six wins from their last seven Premier League outings.
Despite the club’s return to winning ways, Adams claimed that Arteta’s side have failed to show enough signs of becoming one of the division’s best teams once again.
“There are a few signs, not enough, but a few signs of growth,” he added.
“What Arsenal need to do, fundamentally, is build and start again. Work with the academy, step by step, lay the foundations.”
Arsenal are preparing to renew their rivalry with title contenders Manchester United on Saturday, with the Gunners hoping to complete a league double over the Red Devils off the back of their recent winning form.
Arteta’s side will also face tough tests against Manchester City and Leicester City before the beginning of March.
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