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Wenger hails Holding progress

9 May 2017
Arsenal's Rob Holding, left, and Manchester United's Ander Herrera

Arsenal manager praises composure of 21-year-old defender looking to continue fine form against Southampton on Wednesday

Arsenal Wenger has praised the impact Rob Holding has made since breaking into the Arsenal first team in recent weeks.

The Gunners have won 10 of the 13 matches Holding, a summer signing from Bolton Wanderers, has played in all competitions this season, including recent Premier League victories over Middlesbrough and Manchester United.

"In all the games he’s played until now, he’s shown intelligence, composure on the ball," Wenger told "He needs some defensive experience and in every single game he’s played I believe he’s becoming stronger through the game."

Holding will be hoping to gain more experience at St Mary's Stadium on Wednesday night when Arsenal seek a win against Southampton that would take them to within three points of fourth place.

See: Wenger on Puel, Southampton, summer

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