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Holding talks about injury recovery and Bellerin support

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Rob Holding made his debut appearance last night after a horror injury last season.

In the first round of the League Cup, Arsenal faced Nottingham Forest. The Gunners took a convincing 5-0 win at home.

Even more than a win, Emery will be encouraged by the return of his centre-back, Rob Holding.

The 24-year-old even scored in his first appearance after being 10 months out with injury.

This should provide to be a big boost both for the Englishman and for Arsenal since Emery’s side is lacking in the defensive department.

This was only Holding’s third goal ever in his professional career. To make an evening even better, he was handed a captain’s armband after Ozil was substituted.

After the match, Holding looked back on injury horrors and the help of Hector Bellerin, who suffered a big injury himself in this period:

“It was the dream comeback really for me.

“For Hector to come back and get an assist straight away as well, you couldn’t have wrote it any better really.

“It’s been a totally new experience for me. I’ve never experienced a long term injury like that before.

“But credit to the club and the medical staff and the fitness people. They’ve put their arms round me and got me through it. And even though it’s horrible to say it, it helped having Hector there, who was going through the same thing, ” as quoted by Express.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 05: Hector Bellerin looks on following the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on May 05, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Holding also remembered of Welbeck, who was out for a while with injury in his last season at Arsenal.

“You’ve got a little buddy in the gym. And when Danny Welbeck (now at Watford) was still with us, he had a long injury too. So there was three of us who were together and getting each other through it.”

When asked if he was nervous before his return match, he said:

“There were some nerves going out there, but obviously you get that nervous energy coming back in in front of a full crowd. I had played a few games for the U23s before, but it was a good experience and I was over the moon with it.

“The goal was my first touch as the captain. You can’t write that any better. It was a proud moment for me to put the armband on. We’d had a couple of corners just before when I was just a little bit away from it, so I could feel it was coming. Reiss Nelson put a great ball in and I managed to get my head to it. I headed it down so I knew it would at least be on target.”

Keiran Tierney is another player who returned from injury last night, and Emery will rely on his new signing to deliver quality at the left-back position.