Unai Emery believes Rob Holding has vindicated the clubrsquo;s decision to keep him this season.
The protector has started 11 of the past 13 games across all competitions and has evolved into a key figure in Emery‘s very first six months in charge in the Emirates Stadium.
Holding admitted recently that he had been “disappointed” to lose out on the past England squad and remains targeting a introduction senior cap.
The 23-year-old stayed while fellow centre-back Calum Chambers joined Fulham on loan set following Emery & rsquo; so arrival.
Coupled with injuries to Laurent Koscielny and Konstantinos Mavropanos, Holding seems to have impressed Emery along the way also has seized his chance.
“We chose for him to stay here and if he had opportunities, he played well and he assisted us with performances,” the Gunners head coach said of Holding.
He’s improving, he’s currently taking confidence and also confidence he’s at his finest.
“we decided Rob Holding stayed here and we chose to let him go on loan to Fulham and In the pre-season we also had Mavropanos — however he’s hurt now — we had Chambers.
“But in the pre-season, each decision was looking in the matches together with the players and finding the best functionality in this instant. ”
Holding’s location can come under threat in the upcoming few weeks as Mavropanos and Koscielny reunite from their various injuries.
Emery has not ruled out slowly introducing back Koscielny starting with Monday’s Under-23 fixture against Derby.
“The process together with him is that in this International break, it’s to complete training to begin playing, little by little,&rdquo.
“First, our idea is to get started with the Under-23s, but in addition he is being looked at by me. He is with good performance, fantastic feeling and I believe he, now, is close to play with us.
“But maybe on Monday, he can play with the 23s, and the idea is. We are going to decide tomorrow the plan together with him, but we’re currently believing to begin to take moments. ”