Rob Holding has signed a new contract with Arsenal, according to numerous reports, though the club are yet to confirm it officially. He is now tied to the club until the summer of 2024, with the club having the option on extending the deal for 12 months further.
Interestingly enough, the 25-year-old defender was reportedly very close to leaving the Emirates in the summer. A loan deal with Newcastle United was mentioned, but in the end he stayed put. His future was still unclear at that point and he feared being excluded from the squad like Mesut Ozil, but those fears were allayed after talks held with manager Mikel Arteta and it should come as no surprise that the Gunners have decided to offer him fresh terms on a longer contract.
Holding has been known as a player prone to injuries, but this term he has only missed two Premier League matches so far, through a minor hamstring issue in October. Apart from that, he was included in the squad for every league game, starting on 13 such occasions. His performances have mostly been very good, and he has finally shown he can be relied on. With William Saliba gone to OGC Nice on loan and Arsenal practically certain to part ways with Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos soon, and David Luiz likely to head through the exit door as well, it only makes sense to keep Holding.
Overall, Holding has made 18 appearances this term. He is yet to score a goal, though he does have one assist to his name, but at the other end of the pitch, he has proven capable of closing down and neutralizing some of the Premier League’s most dangerous forwards.
Arsenal are expected to confirm the signing of the new contract any day now.