Rob Holding outlines Arsenal ambitions ahead of West Brom clash

Rob Holding has set his sights on getting back into the European places.

Gunners defender Holding admits the whole mood at the club has changed after back-to-back wins over Chelsea and Brighton lifted them away from a relegation scrap.

It may still seem early to be talking about Europe after only two wins but Holding says they should set their sights high for 2021.

Arsenal endured a dismal run of just one win in ten Premier League games which left Mikel Arteta under severe pressure but now the picture looks brighter.

When asked what his wish for 2021 would be, Holding said: “Better than 2020 I think for everybody in the world! But fingers crossed we can climb the league and get back into European places and push on.

“It is a massive confidence boost for us. Obviously we went through that really rough patch, but as soon as we got a win it gave us a lift.

“Now we’ve got another win and hopefully now we can go on a bit of a run, pick up points and climb up the table.”

They have now got the prospect of facing West Brom on Saturday and the chance of getting three wins in a week.

Sam Allardyce will also relish locking horns with old rivals Arsenal again as the West Brom boss used to love winding up the Gunners during his days in charge at Bolton.

But Holding says they are now hoping for three wins in a week and said: “Hopefully. That’s the plan and then climb up the table.”

Arsenal have been cursing their luck in recent weeks as Gunners boss Arteta has bemoaned the amount of chances created without getting any results.

But against Brighton, Arsenal produced a Premier League best for this season as Alexandre Lacazette scored within 21 seconds of coming on.

Holding believes it was time Arsenal had a change in luck and also says the result means no-one is complaining about the Christmas schedule.

Holding added: “No, it was okay. To be fair, Brighton had it tough. I think they had 48 hours in between their games. We had that extra day to recover, which helped.

“Laca came on and made the difference, got the goal. But I think our last couple of games when we have lost, we have had so many attempts and not scored. But if we have two touches in the box and still win, I’ll take that all day.”

Arsenal are also confident that in-form Bukayo Saka will be fit for the West Brom game after limping off at Brighton with Arteta insisting the injury was not serious.

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