Arsenal open talks with defender over new longterm deal

Arsenal is set to hand a new deal to Rob Holding, according to Football Insider.

The Englishman has been one of the club’s key players this season, after almost leaving them in the summer.

Needing to reinforce their team, Arsenal were prepared to sell the former Bolton man, however, he started the season well and the club decided to keep hold of him.

He has continued to be a part of Mikel Arteta’s plans and they are now looking to tie him down to a new deal.

He has a contract at the Emirates until 2023, but as he continues in the squad, the club wants to avoid a situation that he will enter the final two years of his current deal with them.

He scored an own goal in his most recent game for the club, but he is one of the more consistent players at the Emirates this season overall.

Arteta has trusted him so much that he has started seven of the club’s last eight games.

The arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes was expected to affect his chances, but he has worked hard to remain at the club.

With defenders expensive to find nowadays, Arsenal will be happy to keep Holding into the future and hope that he keeps getting better.

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  1. We are preparing for life in the Championship it seems by prolonging Robs AFC career. When the time is right to dispose deadwood, we are planning to reward him. Championship then guaranteed till 2026 with Rob around if he gets a 3 year contract.

    1. While Holding will never be a great centre back he has developed into a decent player who has at least the determined attitude needed at our Club. Along with Tierney he is the only defender who is vocal on the pitch and significantly he was made Captain in the absence of Auba.As for the inane comments suggesting him being fit only for the Championship, when his future was in doubt months ago I believe no fewer than four Premier League teams expressed interest in him which is four more than would be interested in Mustafi, Socratis, Luis and Chaka to name but a few.Holding is not one of the players who is letting us down.

  2. Agree Grandad. He at least has personality and some leadership skills, and he’s a tryer. Not the fastest or best defender in the PL but certainly not the worst. With so many dross defenders set to leave in the next 6-18 months he will be needed as a good squad member.

  3. Every club needs a good, honest pro and he is one of them. Not going to be the best but as Grandad has pointed out he has shown some fighting spirit and deserved the armband.
    Apart from anything else I thought allowing players to run down their contracts was going to be a thing of the past

    1. absolutely agree. He is great for cover, cups and to keep players competitive. Plus he is English…there are far better choices to discard before him…

  4. Agree with the site luminaries above …….. to a degree.

    Probably a great guy is Rob, and yes as a personality the sort you want around the place, but good enough for Arsenal’s 1st team – I’ll hold fire on that one (being diplomatic).

    Before the great Saliba mystery, our Rob was destined to take coals to Newcastle !

    Still Rome wasn’t built in a day, and as we are currently fiddling while Rome burns, Rob will be a decent squaddie.

  5. Regrettably, We seems to be glued with some non resalable deadwoods base on our outrageous contract(wages) for non performing players.
    Holding has some attributes which would make it difficult for him to be lay off easily; he is a homegrown Lad and he could be a backup to a better established right hand side CB.

    No more quick fix deadwood. Christian Eriksson might become another Mikhitayran, William, Cedric, Kallstrom, etc.

  6. If Rob signs a new deal, the club should offer it at his current salary.

    I agree with everything Grandad has said about the player.

    Anyone who has ever been fortunate enough to run a team of people, know they can’t all be superstars, they need genuine and hard working players as well.

    It is impossible to have a team made up entirely of the same group, be it stars or grafters… you need a mixture and Rob, along with Chambers, fit the bill perfectly.
    Anyone who thinks that I am wrong, should just remember the Invincibles!!!

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