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‘Totally different’: Rob Holding blown away by ‘incredible’ £158k-a-week Arsenal man

Rob Holding might have left Arsenal for Crystal Palace this summer, but he still had positive words to say about Mikel Arteta.

Despite working under Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery, it was Mikel Arteta who blew the centre-back away with his coaching and tactical knowledge.

Rob Holding shared that he ‘didn’t realise’ what he knew about the game, until he worked under Arsenal’s Premier League title-chasing boss, as he told talkSPORT.

It wasn’t an easy road for the Spanish coach because the first few years, FA Cup win aside, were pretty tough, including missing out on Europe for two seasons in a row.

But those inside the four walls of Arsenal saw something that others didn’t, as they backed their £158k-a-week man (GiveMeSport) despite outside noise and on-field struggles.

Now everyone is seeing the fruits of that labour because the London club are edging ever closer to becoming champions of England.

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Rob Holding praises ‘incredible’ Mikel Arteta

“I had the last two years of Wenger’s reign,” said Holding. “It was amazing.

“With Arteta now, I know they have a hell of a manager who is going to go on and do great things. His tactical awareness and how he sees the game is incredible.

“I didn’t realise how much I didn’t know about football until I had been in a meeting with him a few times, then you start to think ‘he sees football totally different to how anybody else has ever seen it’.

“The way they have started the season, I am sure they can go on another title challenge.”

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Can Arteta guide Arsenal to the Premier League title?

There is no doubt that Arsenal shot themselves in the foot last season because they should have put the Premier League title in their own cabinet, only for the team to bottle it during the final few months.

But they can’t dwell on that because they have to go again, with their recent win over Manchester City a big statement of intent.

Yes, it’s still early on in the Premier League season and it doesn’t have much effect on the table, but it’s a psychological win for Arteta and his players.

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