What Unai Emery said when asked whether Arsenal ace Rob Holding will start against Man Utd

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery isn’t certain whether Rob Holding will start against Manchester United.

Arsenal take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday looking to go third with a win, but Rob Holding might miss out.

The central defender missed the final six months of last season after a cruciate ligament injury, but made a return against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

Unai Emery is delighted to have the Englishman back involved, but he might not be risked against United.

The Spaniard said: “When I saw him on Tuesday I thought ‘wow!’ He’s coming back – Rob Holding!

“I can not be certain he will start on Monday but I want him there for his spirit, his behaviour, his commitment.

“He feels really Arsenal Football Club and I want players like him in the dressing room.”

Emery’s Arsenal drew 2-2 with United in their last away meeting, and he is excited to play in front of the famous atmosphere once again.

“It’s amazing to play in Manchester with that atmosphere,” Emery added.

“We really want to play matches where we can do something important.

“We know it’s a very big opportunity for us to get three points.

“I am excited waiting for this moment.

“But also I know we need to prepare a perfect match because three points is very important for both sides.

“[Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer has experience.

“He was a player at Manchester United, he knows the club perfectly, he knows the high competition, the high level and he now has very good players.

“His challenge is also to achieve the consistency and performances that will get them in the top four.

“We are going to fight on Monday for the first time this season and it’s about which team can respond.”


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