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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.

The Holding and Welbeck effect 0

Posted on February 06, 2019 by Harry Kettle

It’s not exactly easy to recover from an injury, especially in the realms of professional football. It’s the kind of sport that demands you to be in a ‘go go go’ state of mind, pretty much 24/7. If there’s ever anything that gets in the way of that, like an injury, then it can cause a multitude of problems for fans, media members and the player themselves. That sounds ridiculous, but such is the nature of this game we know and love.

Emery must get backing to sign a centre-back this summer 0

Posted on February 05, 2019 by David Nugent

For too long now, Arsenal have had a clear defensive weakness at centre-back. Former boss Arsene Wenger failed to fix it and current boss Unai Emery has been unable to fix the problem so far. However, to be fair to the Spaniard his reign in north London is in its infancy and he has not had much backing in the transfer market or time to sort the problem.

Centre-backs are not good enough

The simple fact is Arsenal’s centre-backs are not good enough. Experienced French centre-back Laurent Koscielny has been the Gunners best centre-back for a long time. However, injuries and the fact that he is the wrong side of 30 mean he will need replacing in the near future.



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