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Should Unai Emery bench Rob Holding to start Sokratis

Sokratis Papastathopoulos has been injured for some weeks but Rob Holding has stepped up for the challenge and impressed in his absence.

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It looks like Arsenal is finally ripping the benefits from the acquisition of England U23 and Former Bolton wanderers defender Rob Holding . After a sudden injury to Sokratis during the match against Everton, Unai Emery gave a chance to the young centre back to play. Ever since then, the young man has grown from strength to strength and is improving in each game.

Despite Sokratis and Koscielny being the most experienced centre backs in the team, injuries have kept them on the sidelines. In their absence, an exciting partnership with Mustafi has been made. I believe this should not be disturbed. A player should only lose his place due to underperformance. In addition to that perhaps as part of a normal rotation of rest to keep the player fresh and fit the longest period possible.

Rob Holding may not possess the speed of Arsenal’s other defenders but his positional awareness allows him not caught out of position. In Arsenal’s last game against Wolves, I was impressed with the way he defended. Holding couldn’t catch Adama Traore but did just enough to delay an early shot on target giving the keeper a chance to come out and reduce the angle for the attacker.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on September 15, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Many will also attest to Rob Holding’s calmness on the ball he is also less likely to be handed a card as he is very disciplined. It wouldn’t be prudent to drop the English U23 unless the manager has seen it fit during training. The prospect of having so many defenders who can put in a good shift is exciting to be honest.

This means we can be sure that in any case of injuries,Arsenal has enough depth to cover up the gap. We should remember that Arsenal is still unbeaten in 16 games this season, many never thought Arsenal could achieve such a result just a season after Wenger! This has come notably without its best defenders at the back. I would prefer Sokratis prove himself in cup competition because Rob Holding is performing well in the Premier League.

I am a long time Arsenal fan with passion for the beautiful game. My special interest is statistics. I love to talk and write Arsenal.

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