Calum Chambers and Rob Holding are currently on international duty with England at the European U21 Championships.
The Arsenal duo have had differing career trajectories, with Chambers spending last season on loan with Boro, while Holding was part of that epic FA Cup final win over Chelsea.
One of the great Arsenal centre-halves, Martin Keown, has talked up the former Bolton man’s impact and also believes there’s a future for his counterpart too.
Speaking at yesterday’s kit launch, he said of Holding, “I’ve been really impressed. He’s quietly understated and doesn’t get ruffled by anything. He’s very calm in possession and uses the ball well. He really benefits from being in a 3.
“When you’re a young central defender, it’s nice to have that extra player around you and his positioning is already very good in that formation.
“When you consider City paid upwards of £50m for Stones and Arsenal paid £2m for Holding, that’s another exceptional piece of business from Arsene Wenger.”
As for Chambers, Keown believes that retaining the three centre-half system leaves the door open for his return.
“If Arsenal play three centre halves that means there could be chances for him,” he said.
“I think he looks very suited to that system. Arsene tends to keep faith in younger players, the issue might be if other clubs come in for him, does the player want to hang around if he can start somewhere else?
“He’ll have watched the FA Cup success from afar and been a little envious, but we’ll have to see what ambitions he has now.
“He seems a very well balanced guy. There was a little debate as to whether he was a right-back or a centre-half. In a back 3, he might find that balance and Wenger might have a plan for him.”