ROB HOLDING was left red-faced after scoring a comical own-goal in Arsenal’s 4-1 win at MK Dons.
Mikel Arteta’s men warmed up for Saturday’s Community Shield clash against Liverpool with a friendly at the League One club on Tuesday night.
Things started swimmingly for the Gunners as they took an early lead through midfielder Mohamed Elneny, who has just returned from a successful loan spell at Besiktas.
Highly-rated young striker Eddie Nketiah doubled Arsenal’s advantage in the 10th minute.
And the FA Cup winners looked to be in total control of the game at Stadium MK.
However, Holding gave the hosts a potential way back into the game when he put the ball in his own net on the half hour mark.
A Dons player crossed the ball into the Arsenal box from the right flank.
And Holding threw himself full speed at the ball with a diving header, making perfect contact and sending it looping through the air past returning goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
The Englishman, who spent most of last season injured, lay face-down on the floor in disbelief.
But Holding was given a reassuring pat on the back by team-mates despite the mistake.
And Arsenal held firm until the 76th minute when they went 3-1 up through youngster Mark McGuiness.
Reiss Nelson then made sure of the result with an 85th minute penalty for 4-1.
It now remains to be seen if Holding features in Arteta’s squad this season following the £27million arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille.
Newly-promoted Leeds are keen after failing in their efforts to sign Ben White permanently from Brighton.
And it’s reported that Holding, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi could all be offloaded before the transfer window shuts, with William Saliba finally available too after his loan at St Etienne.
Arsenal XI: Leno; Cedric, Saliba, Holding, Tierney, Maitland-Niles; Elneny, Xhaka; Saka, Nketiah, Aubameyang
Subs: Bola, John-Jules, Ballard, Oyegoke, Azeez, Olayinka, Nelson, McGuiness, Wilcock, Maniraguha, Smith-Rowe, Macey, Cottrell