‘We’ve let them down a few times’ – Rob Holding admits Arsenal ‘owe’ their fans after turbulent campaign

The Gunners are in eighth after their win over Chelsea
The Gunners are in eighth after their win over Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)

Rob Holding says Arsenal ‘owe’ their supporters after a turbulent season in which they have ‘let them down a few times’.

With the Gunners languishing in eighth in the Premier League table with just two games left to play, they are facing the distinct possibility of a first season without European football in 25 years.

Mikel Arteta’s side also spurned their only chance of silverware, and a route back into the Champions League, when they were beaten by former Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals.

Arteta's side crashed out of the Europa League at the semi-final stage
Arteta’s side crashed out of the Europa League at the semi-final stage (Picture: Getty Images)

They did, however, record a 1-0 victory over London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night courtesy of Emile Smith Rowe, who capitalised on a Jorginho mistake early on in the first half.

Speaking to Arsenal media after the hard-fought win over Thomas Tuchel’s side, Holding admitted that Gunners supporters have been let down on multiple occasions this term.

‘We owe the fans a lot after this season,’ he said.

‘We’ve let them down a few times, so if we can wrap up some points, wrap up some wins and give them something to look forward to going into next season.’

With games against Crystal Palace and Brighton all that’s left for this season, Gunners legend Ian Wright thinks Arteta should give game time to youngsters Folarin Balogun and Miguel Azeez.

‘The thing with Mikel Arteta at this stage of the season, the way the season has gone for Arsenal I think that the fans, they need to see something now that’s going to give them some form of positivity and hope,’ Wright told Premier League Productions:

‘For instance, there’s a couple of young players, Miguel Azeez and Balogun. I think you need to start bringing those guys in.

‘I would’ve liked to have seen them because those are the kind of things that fans see and say ‘OK that’s a little bit of something’ to give fans something. He’s not giving them anything at the moment.’

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