Arsenal defender Rob Holding would have been out the door had Arsene Wenger not stepped down as coach of the North London outfit.
The 23-year-old revealed he was angling for a move away from Arsenal after enduring a difficult spell under Arsene Wenger.
With a new coach set to grab the reins of the outfit soon, Holding was terrified and was prepared to leg it, had he not convinced himself and perhaps taken the cautious words of his dad and agent, he told Sky Sports.
Holding penned a new deal at Arsenal as Wenger neared his departure in the outfit, that will keep him until 2023, unfortunately Wenger let go of the reins at the outfit, few weeks later.
It had been a rough season for the 69-year-old, and that little flame of faith fans had in him had extinguished.
After failing to break into Wenger’s starting XI since joining two years ago from Bolton Wanderers, the arrival of a new coach put Holding on the edge.
However, he chose to shut out that fear and the 23-year-old turned his fortunes around–things did work well for him under Unai Emery.
“Over the off season, with my dad and my agent, we were thinking should I go out on loan and hopefully get some game time,” he told Sky Sports.
“But then the manager obviously announced he was retiring and then it was do I want to be out the door, rather than be in front of him [Emery] and be like: ‘This is me, I want to play for your team’.
“So we took the decision to stay and do pre-season here and from pre-season he liked the look of me and I sort of knew I was part of his plans.”
“Now I think this is my best run in the Arsenal shirt,” exclaimed the 23-year-old, who has now enjoyed 10 full starts for the Gunners, an achievement he’s announced he’s very proud of and says gives him more confidence to persevere.