Arsenal have been in America as they prepare for their season opener against Newcastle on August 11.
But as the players interacted with fans before their clash with Real Madrid last night, one individual tried to subtly get Holding to sign a Tottenham shirt with ‘Son’ on the back.
The defender was handed the shirt folded up so he couldn’t see the badge or name, but he decided to reveal its identity and swiftly handed the shirt back to the fan.
Despite only signing for Arsenal in 2016 it doesn’t take a genius to understand the intense rivalry in north London.
The Emirates faithful are therefore heaping praise on the 23-year-old and insisted he be awarded the captaincy for his heroic act.
“LMAOOOOOO captain him right now, he should of spit on it,” said one.
“o captain, my captain,” added another.
“Hope he washed his hands after that traumatic experience,” joked a third.
“GIVE THAT MAN A LIFETIME CONTRACT,” claimed another.
Arsenal were eventually edged out by Madrid 3-2 on penalties despite being two goals up at half-time.
Los Blancos outcast Gareth Bale scored Madrid’s first goal before Marco Asensio scored the equaliser.
Holding suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament during a match with Manchester United in December last year.
His injury required surgery and would sideline him for six to nine months.
Holding has been largely a peripheral figure since moving from Bolton three years ago with 26 appearances his highest total in a season.
Arsenal’s defensive frailties were their undoing last term with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette finding the net with regularity.
A tilt at the Champions League seemed feasible, but a succession of games whereby Emery’s side shipped three goals en route to a hat-trick of defeats saw them finish fifth – one point behind Tottenham.
That came before a 4-1 defeat in the Europa League final to fellow Premier League side Chelsea.
Emery has moved to sign a dominant central defender in William Saliba, but the Frenchman will remain on loan at Saint-Etienne for another year before heading to London.