Holding - The boss gave us a telling off

Rob Holding starred at both ends of the pitch in our 2-1 win over West Ham on Sunday, scoring his first Premier League goal to break the deadlock, then helping the defence to stand firm and see out the win in the second half.

But the defender revealed that Mikel Arteta had to deliver some home truths in the dressing room at half-time after we had conceded the equaliser just before the break.

"Yeah, we were a bit disappointed to concede that coming in just before half time," he said to Arsenal Media after the game.

"It would have been nice to go in one-nil, but he gave us all a shouting and telling off and we came out and looked more like a team and played how he wanted to play."

It was only Holding's second league start since January, though he has been instrumental in helping the side close out wins in recent months as a substitute.

"Yeah, the fans were calling to bring Rob Holding on, but he was already on!" he laughed.

"It’s what it’s been like, Ben and Gabi have been great all year and when I’ve had to come on and try and help us secure the three points it’s vital for us, so to play the full 90 and get the three points is even better."

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