Holding Scores First Goal For Arsenal
Monday 1st August 2016 @ 10:01 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports Stalybridge

Former West Hill School pupil Rob Holding scored his first goal for Arsenal this morning following his £2m move from Bolton Wanderers.

The defender tapped home the opening goal in the Gunners 3-1 win over Chivas in Los Angeles.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chuba Akpom added second-half goals to ensure the Gunners ended their US tour with victory.

Following the game, Holding spoke to Sky Sports News. He said: “Fair play to the lads, because they’ve really helped me settle in.

“I’m just concentrating on my football which is what I want to do.”

Questioned on the biggest difference between Arsena and Bolton, Holding said: “The sheer size of Arsenal compared to Bolton.

“No disrespect to Bolton, but you come out to the states (with Arsenal) and everyone is shouting for the players and everyone knows you.

“It’s crazy and hard to get used to.”

Manager Arsene Wenger was impressed by Holding’s performance. The 66-year-old, whose been in charge of the Gunners for 20 years, said: “I’m impressed by his performances and by his capacity to adapt very quickly to a higher level.

“He shows intelligence, composure and character.

“It’s impressive because you don’t often see that.”

Wenger’s side continue their pre-season schedule on Friday against Viking in Norway before travelling to Sweden on Sunday to play Manchester City.

If selected for the opening game of the Premier League season, Holding can look forward to a clash against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.