Rob Holding has told the Telegraph that he was questioning his future at Arsenal after the club signed two central defenders over the summer.
Arsenal snapped up Gabriel at the start of the season, while William Saliba was also added to their squad.
And at that stage Holding felt that he may not get much game time at Arsenal.
The 25-year-old was keen to move out on loan in search of more regular action.
However, a spate of injuries presented him with a chance to start in the Community Shield final and he has never looked back since.
“We signed two centre-halves over the summer and I was thinking ‘am I even going to be involved in this?’,” he admitted.
“At 25, I have to focus on playing. I spoke to the manager sand said there was a loan opportunity that had come up, that I needed football.
“It was all agreed and the club thought it would be the best move for me.
“But in the week before the Community Shield the boss pulled me aside and said he wanted to check that I was focused for the weekend because I was needed. I told him that, wherever I am, I will always play my hardest and put 100 per cent in.”
Holding certainly won’t be regretting his decision to stick around now, as he has been a key part of Mikel Arteta’s team this season.
The English defender has now penned a new long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium, as reward for his fine form.
Holding has become such a strong option then even with Gabriel returning to fitness it seems that he will hold on to his starting spot later this evening, when Arsenal take on Crystal Palace.
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