Rob Holding update after late withdrawal against Man City

Arsenal’s Rob Holding will undergo a scan tomorrow after having to pull out of the starting line-up against Manchester City yesterday.

The 25 year-old was set to start the fixture at the Etihad alongside Gabriel Magalhaes in the heart of the defence, but had to pull out with a tight hamstring shortly before kick off.

David Luiz stepped in and put in a decent performance, but the club will now sweat over the availability of the Englishman moving forwards.

After the final whistle, Mikel Arteta was quizzed on the late change, asking how bad he thought the injury was.

“We don’t know,” the manager said after last night’s match (via Arsenal Media).

“But it was bad enough to make the decision to get Rob out of the game and to get David in.

“David was really focused, he came on and I think he had a really good game.”

The DailyMail has now confirmed that the defender will undergo scans tomorrow on the injury, before deciding whether he could possibly be back in action ahead of Thursday’s Europa League group opener against Rapid Vienna.

Holding has been a consistent performer at the back this term, and could well be an outside shot to break into the England squad ahead of the European Championships next summer, but you would think he would need to stay relatively injury free this term to be considered.

Did we miss Holding yesterday? With Pablo Mari, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers all believed to be closing on a return to full fitness, could Holding struggle to break back into the team if he is sidelined?

Patrick

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  1. Sue says:

    Nice to see the women battering the spuds!

    1. Declan says:

      Unfortunately the men spuds are battering the Hammers Sue.

      1. Sue says:

        Yes, going to be a long afternoon for the hammers, Declan… Bale on the bench…

        1. Declan says:

          Not as long as we thought Sue 🤣🤣

          1. Sue says:

            😂😂😂😂

      2. Gily says:

        Who battered who?
        Lol

        1. Sue says:

          I’d say Maureen was battered going by that expression on his face, Gily hehe!!
          What a game… all of these barmy results, I hope we’re involved in one soon!!

  2. Sid says:

    I think we missed Laca and Elneny more than Rob. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he regains his 2018 form. I can see him being Gabi’s partner in a back 4, while Saliba acclimatizes.
    P.S- Go ladies💪💪

  3. Marty says:

    Feel sorry for Holding, he never seems to have a good run of games before he is injured again. Just another of our injury prone players I suppose.

  4. jon fox says:

    You have to conclude that Holding is becoming another DIABY, almost permanently injured. To be injured in the warm up could be called bad luck but why does it only happen to serial injured players, as I have long ago noticed!

    Holding is not good enough to keep around waiting for him to be fit. We have enough in CB once Saliba is ready, so I’d let Holding leave at end of this season while we can still get a decent fee for him.

    It is the right thing to do for the club. Club always first and before the player EVERY time!

  5. Grandad says:

    Let’s hope it’s not another long term injury.There is such a similarity in Holding and Chambers , neither of whom are natural athletes and lack the pace to make it to the top.Both are dedicated to Arsenal and can be solid at the back, but not on a regular basis.There seems to be a lack of understanding at our Club as to what is needed to make a successful centre back with the likes of Mustafi, Socratis, and I suspect Mari and Mavroponas being examples of mediocrity.To be fair, there is a dearth of top quality centre backs throughout the EPL but Ben White is an exception who may develop into top quality.

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