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Arsenal title winner Smith: Holding better option than Sokratis

Arsenal title winner Alan Smith says Rob Holding is best suited to being David Luiz's defensive partner.

Smith wrote for the London Evening Standard: "...I'm a big fan of Rob Holding, who could possibly get a run out in central defence.

"Holding offers a steadier option in an area of the pitch where Sokratis can be hot-headed and David Luiz unpredictable. To put it mildly, that's not an ideal combination.

"For me, Holding's calmer presence and good reading of the game make him a better partner for Luiz.

"The lad has been dreadfully unlucky with injuries so far, but if he can only stay fit, the 24-year-old has the ability, I think, to become an Arsenal regular for several years to come."

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