Mikel Arteta has effectively ended the speculation linking Rob Holding with a move away from Arsenal this summer by telling the Englishman that he will not be leaving the Emirates this summer.
The defender has been struggling with injuries and poor form for much of his Arsenal career, but he is one of the several Arsenal players who have become better since Arteta became the club’s manager.
He has played an important role in the Gunners’ team over the past months and after continuing his fine showing against Fulham in the opening day of the current season, Arteta has decided that he will be useful for the team in this campaign.
The defender was supposed to be a victim of Arsenal’s spending spree with Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes joining the club in this transfer window.
Newcastle has been in talks over signing him on a season-long loan deal, but Arteta has now changed his mind about allowing him to leave.
He told BT Sport via Express Sports: “I said to him ‘change your mind, because you’re not going anywhere’.
“Again Rob is another one that stands for every value that we want at the football club.
“He had a really difficult time but he trained and pursued his dream to play for this football club
“Now I don’t have to let him go, you are already playing so what else do you want?”
At last, we are paying attention to what Arteta is saying regarding a current Arsenal player.
There is, surely, no way the media can put a spin on this direct quote?
I love the way Arteta is coming out and saying, quite clearly, what individual players future is under his managership…Lacs, AMN, Elneny etc and that way there can be no confusion, even if some fans might not agree with his individual decisions, we should back him 100%
Ken I’m very pleased for Rob.. Though he could’ve used the loan and first team experience, we needed him so he had to stay. He’ll definitely be David Luiz’s replacement next season.
It’s been how many months now? Still yet Arteta seems like he’s yet to out a fut wrong or make a wrong decision.
Eddie, agree with you regarding both Holding and Arteta – a season ago, we were a complete shambles.
It’s hard to believe what has happened since MA arrived in December, but he has transformed the club both on the field and internally as well.
Players who were seen as misfits are now playing with a renewed spirit and, while they might not be w/c or even top players, they are performing way above what anyone could have expected in such as short time.
If this remarkable transformation continues, I suggest it will be on par with AW’s first year following the discord left by Bruce Rioch…more praise than that I cannot give to MA and long may it continue.
Bravo Ken! I have never been more certain that this manager , our new manager now, as well as head coach, is destined for greatness!
Earlier on I said Arsenal are angry at Torino for reasons I had no idea of yet.
Found out Torina actually withdrew their 24M bid and offered go Loan Torreira with an obligation to buy for 21M instead.
I might get the exact numbers wrong, but they now want a loan.
It’s possible Fiorentina will be his number one destination again.
Also, Arsenal might actually cancel Sokratis’s contract so he can leave for free and free up his wages.
It’s taking too long to get a fee because Napoli wants to get rid of Koulibaly first
Napoli are still the worst. They dont need Koulibaily to leave to afford a 4mil player. Also, they sold Allan already.
Yes, Holdinho. What a skill in the game against Fulham. Reminds of me Henry 😊
It was brilliant, Uzi… even Laca applauded him! Wouldn’t mind a bit of that every week 😉😁
Bravo arsenal!!! Et je félicite toute l’équipe pour leur engagement et le courage qu’ils ont pu démontrer et surtout les nouvelles recrues qui sont Gabriel Waliam!!!!
Admin translation – Bravo arsenal !!! And I congratulate the whole team for their commitment and the courage they were able to demonstrate and especially the new recruits who are Gabriel & Willian !!!!
Luis not going to get a game in premier league just the cups holding is going to hold him off
Holding is youngish and has potential still, he can still be moulded and he would be a great back up defender, it would be silly to sell him before others.