Arsenal are preparing an offer of a new deal for Rob Holding, according to the Mirror.
The defender suffered a cruciate ligament injury back in December last year, and he’s set to miss not only the rest of this season, but also the start of the next.
Despite those immensely unfortunate circumstances, however, the club have decided to offer him a new deal following his rise in quality and a sustained period of good form prior to the injury, as his partnership with Sokratis Papastathopoulos started looking very good in the absence of captain Laurent Koscialny.
Holding started his professional career with Bolton Wanderers, and spent a short time on loan at League Two side Bury. He joined the Gunners in 2016 who paid a fee reported to have been around £2 million. Since then he has made a total of 59 appearances in all competitions in an Arsenal shirt, 15 of which came this season before the injury struck.
Still only 23 years old, there’s no reason not to assume he will continue his progress upon his return (likely to happen in September), and there’s no real doubt that the club are doing the right thing by making him aware that they feel his long-term future lies at the Emirates.
Speaking of young defenders, former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars, who has been linked with the technical director job at Arsenal even though he is currently the director of football at Ajax, has revealed that wherever he goes, he would try to bring Matthijs de Ligt with him.
De Ligt is a very sought-after player at the moment, currently linked with a host of top clubs around Europe (including Arsenal), and Overmars seems to be trying to raise his own value with such a statement. It’s basically saying – “if you want de Ligt, you better hire me first”.
However, Arsenal have reportedly offered the job to AS Roma sporting director Monchi.