Arsenal man wants to fight for his place despite interest elsewhere

Rob Holding is not looking to leave Arsenal this summer anymore because he wants to stay and fight for a place in Mikel Arteta’s side, according to reports.

The Englishman started Arsenal’s game against Liverpool in the Community Shield and their first Premier League game of the season against Fulham.

The Gunners have signed Gabriel Magalhaes and they also have William Saliba to select this season after he finished his loan spell at Saint Etienne.

They had made Holding available for transfer earlier in this window with Newcastle United and West Ham looking to sign him.

However, his fine showing in the games he has played this season has prompted Mikel Arteta to have a change of mind, according to Express Sports.

Despite Arteta claiming that he has told the Englishman that he will be staying at the Emirates, reports have continued to link him with a move away.

Sun Sports is reporting now that the 24-year-old has decided to stay put and he will reject offers to leave Arsenal for a loan switch to any other team.

The Gunners have a wealth of centre-backs to choose from this season, but Holding has made himself one of their most impressive options and Arteta is likely to be happy to keep him.

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  1. Though far from being a superstar, Holding has a fine warrior attitude and personally I would keep just four of our many CB’s Gabriel, Saliba , Mari and Holding. I realise of course that we have Luiz here this season but fervently hope it is not extended beyond this.
    I still am not fooled, as some are, byMustafi. Merely being less awful under MA than he was previously does NOT make him a player in my book Still less the wrestler Sokratis, and I still want “our three clowns,” Sokratis, Mustafi and Luiz gone ASAP.

    1. Agree.

      I would also keep Chambers for his versatility. Every time he has put on the Arsenal shirt he has been hit with an injury. Talk about unlucky.

    2. Pretty reckless to have four CB’s
      on the roster considering Arsenals
      rather predictable injury record
      and the number of fixtures/
      competitions on the schedule.
      You may think of Mustafi as a
      clown but a certain Spaniard @
      our beloved club seems to fancy
      the German and frequently
      lauded his performances fter the
      restart. MA seems to believe in
      the German, why is it so difficult
      for Arsenal fans to do the same?

      1. ACE, agree Arsenal need 5 – Saliba, Gabriel, Mari, Holding and Mustafi with Chambers for his versatility as a potential 6th. Arsenal don’t want to have to play Xhaka in the defense again.

    3. Fully agree JF, but we need 5 CBs as they seem to always be injured all year long. Holdinhg then chambers back but injured again, then holding back,..

      Mustafi injured for long minute as Sokratis. Luiz strangely less injured but red carded and still injured. .

      We had to get a 6th one in Mari last wînter but injured then ând since. We had to get an academy DM as sub with 6 CB.; that’s’shokld be 7.
      Never mind; with Saliba and Gabriel; we have 8 CBs, may be wrong but seems to be a fitness and physical issue, shows kt more so at CB position..

  2. He cost tuppence in the scheme of things and his wages won’t be an issue regarding him staying or going
    He is honest so good luck to you fighting for your place

  3. He isn’t a bad player, he is playing ok of late.

    But then Chambers, Mustafi, Luiz, Mari and i wont include Sokratis as he seems to be on the move, but they are all injured, a few long term.
    So right now he’s pretty much set for game time as there just isn’t any other options.

    I hope that the post injury jitteriness and form is behind him and he can push on again so we can see what he’s made of, because we still don’t know if he can be that top draw CB because, he plays, then starts to play well and bang, INJURED!

    Right now, with the way we’re playing formation wise ( and i dont see that changing any time soon )we will need 5-6 CB’s for all comps to cover injuries, rotation and fatigue.

    We have 8 CB’s on the books right now and I’m 99.9% sure Sok will be gone by the time the window closes, so that will be down to 7.

    Mustafi and Chambers, Well both were in pretty good form before their respective injuries and imo deserve this clean slate to all players that MA has stated, purely on footballing matters.
    But theres close to 30m if we could manage to move them on. The issue may be the length they are still due out for which is putting clubs off making a move for them at this time, especially when there is time still for other clubs to get in FIT players.
    I do feel for Mustafi, he was our best defender since MA came in and for that i wouldn’t sell him, I’d give him till January and see how it goes for him, if he’s dog again then he goes for 4m or leaves on a free next summer, if he produces the same form and cuts out the errors leading to goals, then sign him back up
    They may move closer to deadline day.

    Either way I’d be ok with selling those two, if we can this window

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