Cape Town - Arsenal defender Rob Holding has denied talk that the club is in free-fall and believes a good run of form is around the corner.
It has been a far from ideal start to this season for Arsenal as they currently lie sixth in the table after 12 games.
They are already eight points adrift of Manchester City in fourth and
their chances of qualifying for the Champions League via the Premier
League are looking slim, even at this relatively early stage of the
The Gunners are still displaying the soft centre that has plagued them for well over a decade now.
Only Burnley have a worse defensive record in the top half of the Premier League so far this term.
There has also been the unsavoury situation surrounding former club
captain Granbit Xhaaka, ever since his angry reaction to being
substituted in their 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace at the end of
He swore at fans and stormed down the tunnel and has not been named
in any Arsenal squad since, with the captaincy also taken off him.
All these instances have led to certain sections of the Arsenal fan
base calling for manager Unai Emer to get the sack having failed to take
the team forward in the post-Arsene Wenger era.
However, despite their current issues, Holding has shunned any suggestions the club are in a crisis.
The 24-year-old believes the club can take advantage of the busy
Christmas schedule on the horizon and begin climbing the Premier League
"We just need to string a couple of wins together and I think that
will lift the confidence again and hopefully set us off on a run," the
centre-back told Sky Sports.
"We’re eight points off the top four but if we have three wins in a
week we’re back up within touching distance so it’s not crisis point by
any stretch of the imagination. We need to keep calm, keep positive and
keep working on what we need to improve on."
Arsenal will hope to get a run underway on Saturday when they host struggling Southampton at the Emirates.
They then face a trip to bottom side Norwich a week on Sunday before a
midweek home game against Brighton, in what could be a defining period
in Arsenal’s season and Emery’s career.
Holding is hoping to be involved heavily, after battling back from a
bad knee injury suffered against Manchester United last December.
- TeamTalk Media