Rob Holding signs a new contract as Arsenal prepare for the Europa League Semi-final second leg. The young defender was left out of Wenger’s plans for Sunday’s 2-1 loss at Old Trafford. However, Holding chooses to stick around long-term by putting pen to paper.
Rob Holding Signs a New Contract at Arsenal
Rob Holding signs a new contract having joined Arsenal from Bolton Wanderers in the summer of 2016. Rumor has it the fee was in the region of £2 million, making him a great bargain.
Details are scarce, but the new deal is described as “long-term”, so don’t expect to see the English defender leaving anytime soon.
Holding has 42 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions. His debut came in the opening fixture of the 2016-2017 campaign against Liverpool. The team went on to lose that match 4-3, but Holding has gone on to impress during his short career.
His only goal so far for the club came in September against BATE Borisov in the Europa League group stage.
Rob Holding’s Arsenal career is still young, but he does have silverware to show for it already. He made a surprise start in the 2017 FA Cup final against Chelsea. Arsenal went on to win the match 2-1, giving them a record 13 FA Cups.
The defender has caught the eye of the national team as well. Gareth Southgate called him up to play in the Toulon Tournament in 2016 as the English U-21s won the trophy.
Holding also represented his country in the 2017 U-21 European Championships, making three appearances. However, the Young Lions suffered defeat in the Semi-finals at the hands of Germany.
Statement From the Club
According to the club’s website,
“We would like to congratulate Rob on his new contract and look forward to his continued contribution in the coming years.”
Holding is one of three promising young defenders at the club, alongside Calum Chambers and Konstantinos Mavropanos, who made his debut against Manchester United on Sunday. Let’s hope all three can develop into top quality defenders.
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