Besiktas open talks to sign long-serving Arsenal player

Rob Holding’s departure from Arsenal this summer appears increasingly likely, marking the end of his long stint at the Emirates Stadium, as the defender faces challenges in securing consistent playing time.

Holding’s association with Arsenal dates back to 2016, when he was brought into the squad by former manager Arsene Wenger from Bolton Wanderers.

Despite enduring managerial changes during his time at the club, Holding has found it difficult to establish himself as a regular player under Mikel Arteta’s leadership.

With Arteta having strengthened the squad with several high-quality acquisitions, he is reportedly willing to part ways with Holding during this transfer window.

While numerous Premier League teams could potentially benefit from his talents, it seems that Holding might be heading out of the competition altogether.

A report from Sport Witness reveals that Turkish club Besiktas is interested in acquiring Holding and has initiated discussions with Arsenal to secure his transfer.

The Super Lig team is in need of new additions to their roster and views Holding as a player who could contribute to their ambitions. This potential move could provide Holding with a fresh opportunity and a change of scenery in his career.

Just Arsenal Opinion

Holding has been at this club for almost ten years and has to think about leaving now that he is not considered a regular.

If he wants to enjoy game time, he must leave, but he could win some medals at Arsenal this season, which could be why he wants to remain at the club.

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  1. I believe one of Arsenal’s biggest assets last season was it collectiveness!

    It has already lost Xhaka, it will lose Holding soon. It is pressuring Ramsdale, there are rumours that Gabriel might be sold.

    I am really worried that last seasons spirit might suffer because of the dull boring players we are bringing in.

    Again, I emphasize that all we really lacked last season was a couple of solid bench players.

    This season it seems Arteta as decided to play a completely different system.

    In the two games I have watched we looked awkward, disconnected and some times at sixes and sevens.

    Even after all of the new players signed in the summer, If we lose Rice or Partey or Odegaard I think we will really be up the creek and paddle less.

    I think our “nearly” success last season has gone to Arteta’s head, and with this season’s changes he will prove he is NOT Pep. Perhaps he needs that lesson to ground himself!!!

    Again, I do not think we will make the top 4 this season, but I believe 5th will get us into the UCL (since it will be expanded to allow more teams next year).

    Again, I truly hope I am wrong, but my gut tells me we will struggle this season.

    And no disparaging reference to Havertz this time (I am trying to accept him)

    1. How negative can you get after 2 games?

      The subject was about Holding and his time at Arsenal possibly coming to an end. I cannot see any reason to hang on to him as he has never been able to secure a place in the first choice eleven to fifteen. Even being called in to deputise, he has never done enough to get a start beyond the injured player gaining fitness.

      I have nothing against Rob Holding who has had a career at one of the very best clubs in the land but has never made the breakthrough. I hope he finds a club that will give him worthwhile game time

  2. ” After winning the community shield I was speaking to Kiwior, who is really shy, have you had a photo with trophy yet, with the fans behind ”

    It’s was brilliant to hear Holding clearly helping the Polish International settling into life in North London, after the victory over the Citizens.

    Will always remember your contribution Holding, when man on earth has done their best, Angels in heaven rejoice.

  3. Arsenal have players who will be more than capable to replace those players you have mentioned Trossard and Jorginho are by far even more capable to be first team player and arsenal will not drop point if they play Zinchenko and Smith Rowe are versatile players the former is a midfielder and not left back as most see him the only player that will most likely cause the team to collapse as we saw last season is William Saliba, is most likeliest and most capable backup Timber is already injured without playing,Ben White isn’t a good centre back if a team plays in a flat four that’s why arsenal play with three CB in transition with white being the right sided CB and the other one being inverted as you have seen Partey playing in the absence of Zinchenko that’s Arteta’s tactics.

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