Arsenal defender Rob Holding spoke to The Guardian on Wednesday about the Gunners’ ambitions for the new Premier League season.
Mikel Arteta’s men are on a mission to right the wrongs from last term. Arsenal finished eighth in the Premier League in the 2020/21 campaign, making it our worst season in over 25 years.
The pressure is well and truly on Arteta, Edu and all the players. Things have to change in the upcoming season, and Holding believes Arsenal may have an advantage in the Premier League over our top-six rivals.
Rob Holding: No European football could help Arsenal
He said: “We’ve got to be aiming to get back in the Champions League. With no Europe this season, we’ve got no distractions or fixture congestion and can really focus on our Premier League games.
“I think Liverpool did the same a few years ago, and Chelsea similarly when they won the league in Antonio Conte’s first year. So it can be a blessing in disguise in some aspects. We’ve just got to think of it that way and hit the ground running.
“If we can find the goals and keep the defensive record, we should be in with a shout.”
The Insider’s View:
Holding is absolutely spot on.
Arsenal will mostly play just once every seven days next season. That will give us all the time in the world to regroup, and the risk of fatigue and injuries caused due to overplaying will not be an issue either.
Not many people are giving Arsenal a chance ahead of the new season, but we can be really dangerous. We were the third-best side in the country in the second half of last season, only two sides conceded fewer goals than us in the entire campaign, and we’ll have fans back in the stadium next term.
If Arteta can get his tactics right, Arsenal can really be a force next season. We’re not saying we’ll win the league, but the Gunners should be viewed as serious contenders for a place in the top four.