Rob Holding sets out target for Arsenal after Brighton victory

ob Holding helped Arsenal keep a clean sheet at Brighton in their 1-0 win at the Amex
Rob Holding helped Arsenal keep a clean sheet at Brighton in their 1-0 win at the Amex (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal defender Rob Holding is confident his side can now focus on pushing up the Premier League table and focus on gatecrashing the European qualification positions following last night’s win at Brighton.

Mikel Arteta’s side had drifted perilously close to the relegation zone following a calamitous run of form, but back-to-back wins over Chelsea and the Seagulls have helped steady the ship and eased the pressure on the club’s under-fire manager.

The Gunners are now just six points adrift of sixth placed Chelsea ahead of Saturday’s clash against a struggling West Brom side who were thrashed 5-0 by Leeds United last night.

Having been forced to look nervously over their shoulder as recently as last week, Holding is now hopeful a return to a semblence of normality is on the horizon and Arsenal can continue to build on their recent momentum.

He said: ‘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.

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Alexandre Lacazette’s goal helped Arsenal record a 1-0 win at Brighton (Picture: Getty)

‘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. Fingers crossed we can climb the league and get back into European places and push on.’

Despite having an extra day’s rest compared to Brighton, Arsenal produced a dismal first-half showing at the Amex. Granit Xhaka’s off-target free-kick was the Gunners’ only attempt during an opening period in which they managed only two touches in Albion’s 18-yard box.

The visitors improved significantly in the second period and won courtesy of substitute Alexandre Lacazette scoring just 21 seconds after coming on.

Holding was unconcerned by the manner of the victory and suggested his side had been helped by a more favourable schedule.

‘I think our last couple of games when we have lost, we have had so many attempts and not scored,’ the 25-year-old said. ‘If we have two touches in the box (in the first half) and still win, I’ll take that all day.

‘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.’

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