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Rob Holding reveals career guidance from a former Arsenal colleague

The 27-year-old former England youth international is a long way away from his former status at the club, but has been urged to enjoy his time in north London

What is currently being achieved at Arsenal during the current 2022-23 Premier League and across the Mikel Arteta-Edu Gaspar era in north London has been nothing short of fantastic if you are part of the club’s fan base.

At the time of writing, Arteta’s Gunners sit five points clear at the top of the table and ahead of reigning champions Manchester City, having dropped points in just two of their seventeen league fixtures in the current campaign while producing some of the most scintillating football in the country.

But more importantly, what Arsenal continues to champion off the Emirates pitch in terms of building the right culture at the club, has been a sticking point for Arteta and Edu, and a real reason why so many of the current and former crop of players have nothing but fantastic things to say about the atmosphere in and around London Colney; unless you’re Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, of course.

For Arsenal veteran Rob Holding, the possibility of leaving the capital, or at least its north end, is a real one after the former Bolton Wanderers standout has fallen well down the pecking order and with the Gunners possibly keen on adding further defensive reinforcements after links to Eintracht Frankfurt’s Evan Ndicka have emerged.

According to Holding himself in a recent interview, it was former Gunners colleague Alexandre Lacazette that recently spoke to him on the importance of enjoying your time at a club like Arsenal because “the grass isn’t always greener.” The former teammates briefly chatted when Arsenal and Lyon squared off in the friendly Dubai Cup during the extended international break, with Lacazette settled and scoring for his boyhood club ever since his summer departure.

Holding commented “Yes I saw Laca a couple of weeks ago and we spoke about what it’s like there compared to Arsenal. Lyon’s his home club of course, and he knows it really well, but he was telling me how much he loved his time at Arsenal. Actually, a couple of months ago he texted me to tell me to enjoy my time at Arsenal because it’s a step above everywhere else. He said to me to stay at the club if you can because the grass isn’t always greener elsewhere, and to enjoy being at a club like Arsenal. It was really nice to hear that from someone at a different club.”

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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