‘He’s Surprised Me a Great Deal’: Garth Crooks Praises Arsenal Defender’s Display in Liverpool Draw

​BBC pundit Garth Crooks has lavished praise on Rob Holding for his performance in Arsenal’s match against Liverpool, noting that the defender’s form has left him surprised.

The former Bolton youth featured as the Gunners drew 1-1 with the Reds, putting in a solid display alongside his teammates to keep one of Europe’s most dangerous attacking trios at bay.

That earned him a place in Crooks’ Team of the Week and the Englishman labelled ​Holding’s performance against ​Liverpool as the best he’s seen the defender play.

Writing in his column for ​BBC Sport, Crooks said: “In a team very different from the one Arsene Wenger tried to create prior to leaving Arsenal, there is a particular player that has surprised me a great deal.

“I’ve seen Rob Holding play for Arsenal but never better than when I saw him against Liverpool. In a white hot atmosphere, the defender was cool on the ball and played with a confidence and assurance I hadn’t seen before.”

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