It was a classic tongue-in-cheek Arsene Wenger line but he meant every word it.
He knew he'd found a gem in Rob Holding and wanted to make sure people knew, too.
When the young defender from Bolton joined last summer, many Arsenal fans were sceptical.
Where was the big name, world class centre back they were crying out for?
Nobody would have predicted a rookie whose Bolton team had just been relegated to League One would nine months later be integral to a late season revival.
Arsene Wenger lifts FA Cup as Arsenal players celebrate Sat, May 27, 2017
Arsene Wenger was the centre of attention during the wild Arsenal celebrations
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Arsenal celebrate winning the FA Cup against Chelsea
I am sorry he didn't cost £55 million, so he can't be good
But Holding has been exactly that and he only cost £2m!
Wenger's comments came after an assured display by Holding against the then Premier league champions Leicester.
He had been pressed into action earlier than Wenger would have liked due to Laurent Koscielny's late return from the European Championships.
Per Mertesacker had suffered a knee injury in pre-season which would rule him out for six months and Shkodran Mustafi hadn’t arrived from Valencia yet.
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So Holding had to learn quickly on the job and adapt to the demands of top level football.
Arsenal defender Rob Holding with the FA Cup
Fortunately he never appeared overawed by the step up and showed an assurance and maturity beyond his years.
He then had to bide his time and wait for his chance again as Koscielny and Mustafi formed a solid winning partnership.
But when Arsenal's season hit rock bottom on April 10 after an embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace, Wenger's tactical switch to 3-4-3 saw him turn to one of his most inexperienced players.
And unlike his team-mates, who had let Wenger down time and again, Holding once again showed his class.
It's no coincidence that in Arsenal’s only loss in the last 10 games, a 2-0 defeat to Spurs, Holding was left on the bench.
Arsenal's Rob Holding clashes with Chelsea's Diego Costa
In the final yesterday, Holding went toe-to-toe with Diego Costa and didn’t waver, something his Arsenal colleagues had been guilty of in the past.
He showed bravery to make blocks, illustrated his aerial prowess and demonstrated his calmness on the ball.
Unlike some English defenders, Holding isn't flustered when pressured. He thrives on bringing the ball out of the defence. And he quietly does his business with minimal fuss.
Wenger has had his critics, at times deservedly so. But just when you thought his ability to spot talent was on the wane, he surprised us all with a lanky lad from Tameside.