Arsenal defender closes in on loan deal without an option to buy

Despite starring for Arsenal in the Community Shield against Liverpool, The Athletic reports that Rob Holding is set to seal a season-long loan move to Newcastle United.

The Englishman has been one solid option at the back for Mikel Arteta since the Spaniard became the club’s manager, however, Arsenal has signed a number of centre backs recently and they have pushed him further down the pecking order.

Holding has impressed when he has been chosen to play for the Gunners and Arteta has been urged to keep him. However, Arsenal have decided to let him leave to where he will have more game time.

Newcastle wants to add some top players to their team this summer, but money is tight and they have decided to make good use of the loan market.

The defender’s move will not include an obligation or the option of buying him at the end of the loan tenure, according to the report.

This means that the Gunners expect him to return to the Emirates at the end of this season to fight for a place in their starting XI.

If he cannot get back a starting berth, they will reportedly look to sell him permanently. 

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6 Comments

  1. Lenohappy says:

    He will definitely get better defensively under Steve Bruce.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Lenohapy, you are not wrong!

  2. Stan Adams says:

    Its a good move for Rob and Afc a years playing experiance in premier league at no cost to Afc and his transfer value will rocket as im sure he will excel and next season David Luis jions back room staff and Rob takes his place in the squad.
    Arteta in action simple brilliance.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      As you say Stan, Holding will get plenty of game time and plenty of defending at Newcastle United. He is still young for a CB, there has been steady improvement since his return from injury and Steve Bruce will toughen him up.
      Arsenal will get back a very good CB to fight for a place.

  3. Wayne says:

    Good final match. I wish him success on loan spell. Hope that he will improve overall, as he is expected to get more game time. Arsenal must now keep AMN,get Gabriel Magalhaes deal done asap ,and buy Houssem Aouar and Amadou Diawara to strengthen the midfield.

  4. jon fox says:

    Ad M artin claims that when Holding has played for us he has impressed. Well Ad Martin, that is amatter of opinion and as MA is looking to offload him, then he cannot have been as impressed with Holding as YOU CLAIM THEN, can he!

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