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Rob Holding signs new Arsenal contract 0

Posted on January 11, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

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 injury, Mustafi set for Germany return 0

Posted on October 20, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Having lost narrowly to Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday, Arsenal are preparing for a trip to Vienna where they will take on Rapid in the opening round of this season’s Europa League campaign on Thursday. Meanwhile, let’s take around at some recent news reports concerning the club.

Holding injury

Rob Holding was pulled out of the starting line-up on Saturday due to an injury suffered in the warm-up process. The 24-year-old defender has had some serious issues during his career, and any sign of a problem is likely to cause worry for Mikel Arteta, especially given that he’s been on a fine run of form lately. He came close to leaving to join Newcastle United on loan during the summer transfer window, but the move eventually fell through.

Holding to stay put due to Luiz injury 0

Posted on September 09, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

According to The Athletic, David Luiz could spend quite some time on the sidelines due to a neck problem, and the situation has affected the proposed loan move of Rob Holding to Newcastle United.

Luiz initially injured his neck in the Community Shield triumph over Premier League champions Liverpool and aggravated it further in training. He is now unable to take full part in the sessions and very likely to be left out of the squad for the opening league game of the season away to Fulham on Saturday. The injury is said to require special caution and at the moment it’s not possible to be precise in determining the length of his absence, but it could last six weeks.

Newcastle lead Holding loan race 0

Posted on September 01, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Newcastle United lead the race to sign Rob Holding on loan from Arsenal, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.

Holding has been playing very well since head coach Mikel Arteta started giving him a chance in his back-three system due to the injury suffered by Shkodran Mustafi. Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers have also been out for a while. Holding’s contribution was particularly notable in Arsenal’s triumph over Premier League champions Liverpool in the Community Shield, when he repeatedly thwarted the attacking efforts of Sadio Mane.

Holding praises Martinelli 0

Posted on October 24, 2019 by Harry Kettle

There are plenty of youngsters out there trying to make a name for themselves within the general landscape of English football, and one kid who seems to be doing a pretty good job of it so far is Gabriel Martinelli. At the age of just 18 he already seems to be on the path to great things within the club’s setup, and at this stage, he certainly has some good company around him.

As seen on Arsenal.com, Rob Holding recently took the time to discuss Martinelli’s rise up through the ranks and what the future could hold for him.

Emery reveals Xhaka has been chosen as captain 0

Posted on September 27, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has confirmed the Granit Xhaka has been named club captain. The queue behind the Swiss international goes like this: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette, and Mesut Ozil – these players are in line for the armband in case Xhaka is unavailable to play.

The boss praised the midfielder’s commitment, behaviour, experience and determination, but most of all his ability to deal with pressure and criticism and lead the way.

Emery asks his squad to pick their captains 1

Posted on September 27, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Instead of simply choosing captains of his own team, Arsenal boss Unai Emery has decided to ask the squad for their opinion. According to Rob Holding, the Spaniard asked his players to write down their suggestions for captains on a piece of paper and hand it to him for consideration.

Although strictly speaking the club are required to have only one skipper, clubs can decide to choose more than one just to be on the safe side. While Liverpool, for example, have three, last season Arsenal had five: Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil. Of these five, Xhaka and Ozil are the only two candidates who are still at the club this season, as Koscielny and Ramsey have recently moved to new clubs and Cech has made the decision to retire from professional football.

Chambers and Holding – a light at the end of the tunnel? 0

Posted on September 26, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are currently on a three-game winning streak in all competition – their best run of the season so far. They’ve beaten Eintracht Frankfurt away in the Europa League last week, then they came back from going down twice at home to beat Aston Villa in the Premier League, and now Nottingham Forrest have been gunned down in the Carabao Cup.

The defence still seemed abysmal in some moments, even in these three games; especially against Villa. Both Sokratis Papastathopoulos have had their trademark errors, but fortunately, others have put their names forward for Unai Emery’s consideration the next time the Spaniard starts choosing his starting XI. Those names are Calum Chambers and Rob Holding.

Rob Holding in contention for the match against Watford 0

Posted on September 13, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

In two-days’ time Arsenal will be meeting their next opponent, Watford, currently in 14th place in the Premier League. The match will be held at Vicarage Road and will be the team’s third away match this season. As far as the players who were on international break are concerned, they will be returning to the club during Thursday morning. Although no international players have reported any injuries, they will be assessed before the Sunday’s match.

This will be the tenth match the two clubs will play against each other since Watford returned to Premier League in the 2015/16 season. In the nine matches played so far Arsenal have won six and lost four.

Holding in line for a new contract 0

Posted on March 05, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

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.



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