Arsenal have confirmed that Rob Holding has suffered an ACL injury on his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.
The statement on the club’s official website says:
“Further to the injury sustained during our match at Manchester United on Wednesday night, we can confirm that Rob Holding has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.
“Rob will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days. The rehabilitation process is expected to take between six to nine months.
“Everyone at the club will now be working as hard as we can to ensure Rob is back on the pitch as soon as possible.”
Holding was forced off the pitch after 36 minutes of Arsenal’s draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford, and manager Unai Emery sent on Stephan Lichtsteiner to plug the gap. The injury was immediately obvious to be a serious one. However, only a subsequent scan could reveal the full extent of it, and it’s far from being good news.
No moment can be considered acceptable, either by a player or his club, for something like this to happen. It certainly won’t be easy for the 23-year-old to take this. He was just getting a regular run of games for the first time, and with a new system currently being implemented under a new coach, it’s very important for every player to use every opportunity to impose themselves as needed. Holding will now be without such opportunities until the summer, and his chances of establishing himself as a long-term regular started under Emery will be very slim.
As for Arsenal, it’s a good thing Laurent Koscielny is practically ready to come back. The captain has been out ever since he tore his Achilles tendon in the semifinal of the Europa League when the Gunners went out of the competition at the hands of eventual winners Atletico Madrid.