Petr Cech says Liverpool defeat was a good experience for Rob Holding and Calum Chambers

Arsenal's Rob Holding dejected after the match

Holding and Chambers were Arsenal's central defensive partnership against Liverpool.

Arsenal's Rob Holding dejected after the matchArsenal's Rob Holding dejected after the match

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has said the experience Rob Holding and Calum Chambers had against Liverpool will have been positive - despite a 4-3 defeat during the opening game of the season at the Emirates Stadium, a loss the goalkeeper said was more down to Arsenal than Liverpool's play. 

Holding and Chambers were drafted in because of a shortage of options at the heart of the Gunners defence, and though they were left exposed - especially during a 20 minute spell either side of half-time which saw the Reds score all four of their goals.

Arsenal's Calum Chambers scores their third goalArsenal's Calum Chambers scores their third goal

Cech is quoted in the London Evening Standard, saying: “They did really well. You cannot be happy because you should not concede four goals at home, but I thought it was a really good experience for them.

“I think it was more down to us. The momentum changed because of the free-kick."

It was always going to be difficult for any inexperienced partnership to get through the game against a side that had scored the most goals in the Premier League in 2016 unscathed.

Arsenal's Petr Cech concedes Liverpool's fourth goal scored by Sadio ManeArsenal's Petr Cech concedes Liverpool's fourth goal scored by Sadio Mane

Holding gave away the free-kick that led to Philippe Coutinho getting the Reds back on terms - while the entire defensive unit was dragged about for Liverpool to stun the Gunners. 

It would certainly be a learning experience for the duo, though one doubts they are going to have much game time together this season, as Arsene Wenger will be hoping to have his more senior defenders available sooner rather than later, and could draft in reinforcements before the transfer window closes.

Not all learning experiences are good or positive, though. Holding and Chambers will have wanted less of a test but needs must. Chambers at least got on the scoresheet as Arsenal mounted a fightback but fell short. The real test will be if they are paired again next weekend when they travel to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City. 

Arsenal's Rob Holding in action with Liverpool's Roberto FirminoArsenal's Rob Holding in action with Liverpool's Roberto Firmino

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