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Emery - This is a good opportunity for Holding

Rob Holding made quite an impression when he came on for Sokratis during the first half of Sunday's victory against Everton.

It was only the young defender's second appearance of the season, but he was calm and composed on the ball as we kept our first clean sheet this term.

Unai Emery was impressed with Holding, and hopes he can take that form into Wednesday night's Carabao Cup tie with Brentford.

"We need every player when chances and opportunities come, because we need to also take more players to play," our head coach said. "Like on Sunday, for example, after Sokratis' injury it was important how [Rob] played and helped the team to find the performance to win against Everton.

"[Brentford] is also a good opportunity for Holding to continue taking confidence, taking minutes and taking also our ideas of playing and I want to look at him also with our best performance, staying in the first XI."

Holding is one of a clutch of youngsters who could get their chance against Brentford, so who else has caught Emery's eye so far?

"The young players, they are trained with us in pre-season and also in each session now," he said. "Like Emile Smith Rowe, like Joe Willock, like Eddie Nketiah and like also Reiss Nelson.

"But we decided it's better for Reiss to go on and take this responsibility and take minutes of games with a good level in Germany. I think that's good. Each training, we call players who can come with us to show us and we can know them."

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