Holding amongst Arsenal defenders set for the axe this summer

Rob Holding is set to be made available for transfer this summer, along with Arsenal team-mates Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis it is claimed.

Pablo Mari joined the club in January on loan, and had most recently earned a regular starting role in the side before the suspension of football. The Spaniard started the last two fixtures before the break, and looks almost certain to be signed permanently this summer.

His permanent arrival paired with the return of William Saliba on loan looks set to force out other defenders, while there is also talk of another centre-back being brought in this summer also.

Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis are both set to become available for a move in the coming window, both with just the one year remaining on their Arsenal playing contracts.

Rob Holding is set to join them on the transfer list also, despite impressing under Unai Emery previously.

Our club has been linked with a move to sign one of Axel Disasi, Samuel Umtiti, Wesley Fofana, Dayot Upamecano or Jerome Boateng, but any such arrival may well depend on the outgoings that are arranged.

Calum Chambers looks likely to survive the chop however, having impressed at right-back this term, although he has only picked up one appearance under the new boss before succumbing to his latest injury, and isn’t expect to return until the new season.

Does Holding deserve a place in the squad? Has Mustafi done enough to convince that he deserves to fight for his place at Arsenal since Arteta’s arrival?


Tags Rob Holding Shkodran Mustafi Sokratis


  1. jon fox says:

    Personally, I believe MA would love to get rId of ALL the CB’s present when he took over and with good reason. I crave that he does and is able to do so, in this difficult financial time. As to will he be able, I have no idea at all, given the present crisis, but I am sure his intentions are to do so and ASAP. I firmly believe he is far more ruthless in pursuit of success than many on here – though far from all- yet believe.

  2. Sue says:

    Holding would be the only one we’d make a profit on!!
    Someone has to go, we have a fair few in that position, as well as Mavropanos impressing out on loan….
    For regular game time, one or two will definitely have to think about looking elsewhere..

    1. Sue says:

      Chambers is up and running now!

    2. kibet says:

      Bad idea; Holding is a solid defender albeit his struggle with injuries.
      Niles also has huge potential.
      We should get rid of David Luiz,Sokratis and Shodran Mustafi

      1. towny254 says:

        Holding is no good he is good at passing back in fact very good at passing back he is not good enough to lace Luis boots

  3. Grandad says:

    I agree Kibet.

  4. Sue says:

    It’s hypothetical though, kibet…. and I’ve just seen it was reported in the metro!!! Says it all… 😀

  5. Arsenal Al says:

    Holding is a great English product and plays for the team not himself get rid of the old fellas but keep the youth he was solid when playing there is a lot more to come from the lad and MA is the man to bring it out of him

  6. Kenny Rolfe says:

    Along withthose mentioned we should also get rid of Xhaka and Luis

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