Arsenal defender Rob Holding shared a photo of him and Hector Bellerin after they both made their comeback from injury against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.
The pair both suffered ACL injuries within a month of each other and went through many months of rehabilitation together. Holding said he was glad both were back on the pitch and thanked Bellerin for his support over the past year:
We made it!! Been a long journey for us both, filled with hard work and being there for each other 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/ZGqMVmpgl4
— Rob Holding (@RobHolding95) 25 September 2019
Fans on Twitter reacted positively to the emotional moment, and they are hoping both play a key role for the team going forward:
This is an amazing picture. And you are amazing @Arsenal football players. We love you guys so much.
— Arsènal (@SebastianMelmth) 25 September 2019
Welcome back lads…..👌
— Bongani Khoza (@bornz0) 26 September 2019
— Brendon Loxton (@bloxrsa) 26 September 2019
So glad and pleased for you both 👍
— john marlow (@johnmar71696192) 26 September 2019
Great to have you back guys
— Boitumelo (@tladitummi) 26 September 2019
My two captains
— Owen Winters (@OwCinzy) 26 September 2019
I’m not crying, you’re crying
— Michael Kalifa (@kalifasound) 25 September 2019
Commanding performances, both of you. Can’t wait to have you back in the PL ❤️
— Simon Cooper (@SimonCo59369736) 25 September 2019
Should be joint captains!!!!
— obizzle81 (@Obadigie) 25 September 2019
We really missed you both in the squad, get on that pitch and show the world what you've gotten for yourselves… COYG 💪 💪 💪
— Felix Valentine (@felixvalentin13) 25 September 2019
Holding couldn’t have asked for a better comeback, scoring the second in the 5-0 win against Forest. Bellerin, meanwhile, came on for the final 15 minutes and provided an assist for Joe Willock to make it 3-0 on the night.
Out of the two, Holding is the likeliest to feature against Manchester United on Monday night, with manager Unai Emery having said that Bellerin will probably need more game time for the Under 23s.