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Holding helps Arsenal to 2-1 victory at Middlesbrough
Tuesday 18th April 2017 @ 12:00 by Mark Phillip
Football News Sports

Former West Hill School pupil Rob Holding made his fourth appearance for Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday evening.

The 22-year-old defender was included in the starting XI which beat Middlesbrough 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium, thanks to goals from Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

Victory on Monday has reignited Arsenal’s chances of a top four finish this season, having suffered one of their worst campaigns since manager Arsene Wenger took over in 1997.

The win – Arsenal’s third in nine league games – pushed the Gunners to sixth in the table, seven points behind fourth-place Manchester City and with a game in hand.

Since joining the club from Bolton Wanderers for £2m last summer, Holding has made ten appearances in total, including four in the Premier League, one in the Champions League, two in the FA Cup and three in the League Cup.

As well as playing for Arsenal this season, Holding has also represented the England Under 21 squad against Germany and Denmark in March.

The Young Lions were beaten 1-0 by Germany, but responded well by cruising to a 4-0 victory over Denmark.

The two games provided manager Aidy Boothroyd with some much-needed preparation ahead of the Euros in Poland over summer.

Following the victory on Monday, Holding tweeted:

If selected this weekend, Holding could make his Wembley debut when Arsenal take on Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.