Arsenal transfer-list defender amidst Premier League interest

Arsenal have opened the door for Leeds to swoop in and sign Rob Holding this summer, after putting him on the transfer list.

The defender joined the club from Bolton wanderers at the age of 20, and found himself fast-tracked into the first-team following injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista, and made a big impression initially.

There was huge hopes for the former England Under 21, but he suffered with a number of injury setbacks himself, and that hampered his progress.

Four years on from his arrival, and he has failed to force his way into being a key player for Arsenal, and we are now believed to be open to his exit, with Holding named amongst a list of 15 players that the Express states have been made available this summer.

Leeds could well be the side to profit from our decision, with the DailyMail claiming they are keen to add his Premier League experience to their newly-promoted squad.

Gabriel Magalhaes is expected to be confirmed this week as joining our squad, and he will join the likes of William Saliba, David Luiz and Pablo Mari in the battle for a first-team role, while Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis are all Arsenal players also.

Holding could have done a job as a squad member, but I can understand the decision to open the door for his exit, and I would happily see both Sokratis and Mustafi follow him.

I retain that Calum Chambers could still do a job at Arsenal, but his injury record raises doubts and I could understand his departure also.

Do we expect other Premier League sides to show an interest in Holding now he has been transfer listed?


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  1. For a second, I thought this had come from an “official” statement, but it’s yet another media based rumour as far as I can see.

    I’m not denying that we need to sell some player, but all this speculation is doing the players morale no good whatsoever.

    One thing to observe, however, is if it is possible that the club have put any of our cb’s up for sale, they must be confident about Gabriel.

    1. Even if they were confident of Gabriel,they wouldnt put Holding up for sale,except maybe if they are bringing another on top of Gabriel.Here is why.The only fit central defenders at the begining of the season will be Luiz,Papa,Saliba,Gabriel*, and Holding.The rest have injuries.Of the fit ones,two have no EPL experience so MA wouldnt put all hopes in those at the begining of a season.That leaves Luiz,Papa and Holding and we know that Holding is ahead of Papa in the pecking order as observed from the final games of last season.I still beleive for this reason,Holding isnt going any where

    2. Sky reported last week that holding was one of 4 defenders that Arteta wants to keep along with Mari, Luiz and saliba and with the in coming Gabriel that makes 5 CBs ,I tend to believe sky and what they report so I’m not going to disagree this time either ,.
      I did see the daily fail report that Patrick wrote about that Holding was up for sale and Leeds Was readying a bid.

      1. I believe we will see 3-4 in and 3-4 out .
        My opinion is ..
        2 already in
        1 defensive midfielder and or 1 attacking midfielder .
        3-4 out..
        AMN (personally I wouldn’t )
        And maybe Laca

  2. Am not MA and will never be otherwise, those to leave should be:

    1. Mustafi
    2. Socratis
    3. Kolasnic
    4. Chambers
    5. Elneny
    6. Toreira
    7. Bellerin
    8. Ozil
    9. Lacazare

    Don’t know why we bought Soares and Mari

    We need a complete deadwood clear out

      1. I think going 0-0 almost as likely as 21-6 lol
        I’ll go with 4-2 for Bayern. Everything just seems to have clicked for them and form is huge

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