The England U21 international, who signed for the Gunners from Bolton last month, was one of the highlights of the Gunners during their pre-season tour of the US.
"Growing up I liked to think I modelled my game on Rio Ferdinand, especially the way he played when he was in a partnership with Nemanja Vidic at Manchester United," Holding told Arsenal Player prior to the United States tour.
"I just liked how much of a leader they were on the pitch, Tony Adams especially. Sol Campbell was just a brick wall and you couldn't get around him.
"I was pretty limited to watching the Premier League. I'd say Carlos Puyol and Gerard Pique [were other players I admired] at Barcelona. They're two top-drawer centre halves and I like Sergio Ramos and Pepe at Real Madrid too."