Former Arsenal defender Rob Holding shared details of a phone call he had with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta after agreeing to depart the club for Crystal Palace during the summer transfer window. Holding, who had been with Arsenal since 2016, played a significant role in the team, featuring 162 times over seven seasons. However, with the club undergoing changes in direction under Arteta, Holding made the move to Crystal Palace.
In a recent conversation on Harry Aikines’ YouTube channel, Holding revealed Arteta’s call after the transfer. In the telephone conversation, Arteta expressed gratitude, acknowledging Holding’s presence from the beginning of his managerial tenure at Arsenal until his departure.
“He actually rang me when I left and just said, ‘Thank you for everything. You were there from the start of my reign at Arsenal till the end,'” Holding shared.
The defender said he appreciated the personal touch in Arteta’s gesture, noting the manager’s typically intense demeanour and valuing the relaxed conversation.
Holding continued: “That was nice because you very rarely get that. He’s quite an intense guy, so to have that sort of just relaxed conversation with him was nice and to just sort of give me that approval. I was like, ‘You know what, I’m glad you’ve said that because it did make me feel good,'” Holding added.
Since joining Crystal Palace, Holding has faced challenges breaking into the team, struggling to secure a regular spot in his first season.
Despite initially being part of the squad for the first 10 games following the transfer, Holding has faced limited playing time.
Currently injured, his return to the squad remains uncertain, and his future role in the team will depend on his recovery and subsequent performances.
With Palace suffering a 5-0 spanking vs Arsenal FC last weekend, Holding’s current manager, Roy Hodgson will look forward to welcoming back the former Gunner and other injured players.