Confirmed: Rob Holding signs new Arsenal deal

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Arsenal have confirmed that Rob Holding has penned a new long-term contract at the Emirates.

The 22-year-old defender has made 24 appearances this season, adding to the 18 he made in his debut season after signing from Bolton Wanderers for £2 million in the summer of 2016. He’s also an FA Cup winner…at the expense of Diego Costa.

Ahead of a summer when Arsenal will lose Per Mertesacker to retirement, it’s good news that we’ve pinned down another of our defenders, especially one with under-21 caps to his name and the potential to keep improving.

In addition to Holding, fellow centre-back Calum Chambers signed a new deal back in October, while the renewals by midfield duo Mohamed Elneny and Mesut Ozil further underscore the work being done behind the scenes to keep the first team squad intact.

Youngsters Joe Willock, Matt Macey, Eddie Nketiah and Ben Sheaf have also put pen-to-paper since November and Reiss Nelson is expected to do the same soon. 

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afan
afan

that’s great news, top man holding

IamaGoober

Yeah, Holding seems like a decent lad, and a great prospect.

Always love that story I think Chambers explained on SoccerAM – where apparently Rob Holding watched some Arsenal FanTV video on Twitter after a game in the back of the bus on the way back home, in which that guy called Troopz kept calling Rambo a ‘ham roll.’

Then for weeks after, at every training session, whenever Holding was defending/playing against Ramsey. Every time Aaron would go to place a pass, or to shoot, to purposefully put him off, Rob would shout at him ‘you ham roll,’ right when he was about to connect with the ball. Obviously Rambo would always mess up whatever he was trying to do – which caused all the players to erupt with laughter, and Ramsey had no idea what it meant, or why he kept screaming it at him.

Paul
Paul

Is that true?? 🙂

IamaGoober

Yeah – I saw it on SoccerAM or it could have been on the Arsenal Player.

jack jack jack
jack jack jack

I keep forgetting how young he is (it’s also bizarre to me that Xhaka’s only 25), 22 is baby years for a centre-back. Looking forward to see how he develops long-term – we’ve got some bright CB prospects between him, Chambers and Mavropanos.

Bacary Lasagne
Bacary Lasagne

I’m a big fan of Holding, seems like a really sensible young lad who is developing well, if a little slowly. Love that he has a bit of fight in him as well, not taking any crap from Costa or anyone else!

This is good news and I am happy that any development into a top level CB will be done at The Arsenal.

Yellow Ribbon
Yellow Ribbon

Rob Holding you know.. he is better than Cannavaro! ?
I loved the way he played last season. His form has sort of gone down this season. Can happen to any young player. I really do want Holding and Chambers to develop and become our long term centre back pairing. Could be the best thing to happen for us.

Serpent
Serpent

The way the whole team has defended, it’s no surprise that his form has dipped.

Sheffield Gooner
Sheffield Gooner

And Mav, of course

n1 gooner
n1 gooner

Over the moon with this news. He really could develop into a great defender for us.

Easy tiger
Easy tiger

I remember back in 94 i was really happy when Steve morrow signed a new deal…… I was young.

Rob67
Rob67

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Arya Wiryawan
Arya Wiryawan

With Kos probable diminishing role next season due to his injury and age, this is a good news. I hope Holding and Chambers can be our next future centre back pair.

And Dinos Mavropanos is also excitinf to watch.

Futsboller
Futsboller

We’ve got three very promising central defenders 23 and under, and this could prepare us along with the right established signing for a period of defensive stability (recognizing, of course, that good defending takes all 11 players) we haven’t seen in a while. Good work by Wenger and co. to bring these players in and to show faith in their development, and fingers crossed the next crew can deliver them forward.

Yellow Ribbon
Yellow Ribbon

Defenders these days don’t come cheap and not all expensive defenders play great. David Luiz, Mangala, Mustafi(still not writing him off though.) to name a few that pop up in my head. Considering all these factors.. as you have rightly said.. we have done a great job by bringing in three really good young defenders. I would say we should be bold enough and give all three of them a run of matches in the main team. Our back line isn’t entirely great..so it cannot go anymore wrong. Maybe let Mavropanos settle in first.. but I do strongly believe that Chambers and Holding should be given a chance. Letting them sit on the bench and only letting them play the odd matches isn’t going to help them develop.

Carlito Brigante
Carlito Brigante

Great news! I hope he gets the game time he needs and develops into a great player for us!

Swedish guy
Swedish guy

Great news. Still think both him and Chambers could do well for us with some proper coaching.

Rob67
Rob67

This is the key point. We currently don’t appear to ‘do’ defensive coaching. So it’s over to the new guy….Whomsoever he may be…..

LondonN5
LondonN5

I would be interested to see how Holding will develop under the new manager – where he is actually coached on defending…..
Very interesting…

Parlour's Pay Packet
Parlour's Pay Packet

The extra cash is going to make it pretty uncomfortable for Diego Costa in his pocket

ramgooner
ramgooner

I think we will sell Bellerin this summer.
We have 4 young CB’s – Rob, Dinos, Mustafi and Calum(all around 24)
One experienced CB – Kos (He will step down soon but unlikely next year)
We are looking to bring one more CB in.

Surely, they must be planning Maitland-Niles at RB with Chambers as back-up RB.
I think we’ll sell Bellerin and use that money to fund new signings.Plus we’ll get at least 5 million for Lucas Perez.

2 scenarios for Bellerin-
1. Swap with Barca for Dembele
2. Sell him to Madrid or Juventus for 35-50 million.

Bottomline: This owner will never invest in the squad to compete. We won’t go the extra mile in the market. We will sell players to fund incomings.
I have no complaints as long as it’s first team quality like Auba, Laca and Mkhi.

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

Ease off the FIFA nighters mate

Martin
Martin

Why on earth would we sell one of our best defenders. He had a bad patch but now has come back to form. Maitland Nile’s and Chambers are not comfortable at full back and unless they consider Osei Tutu as ready an understudy for him is needed

Easy tiger
Easy tiger

Because that is what we do.

Mpls
Mpls

That would be downright silly.

If we sell him for 35-50 mil we’d either pay that or more for anything comparable, or 35 mil and growing x2 or x3 over the course of bellerin’s career. We’d lose not only a quality RB and a home grown Gooner, but financially in a very large way as well.

ItSanogo-al
ItSanogo-al

Rob Holding you knooooooow

bystander
bystander

Excellent news, hasn’t had much luck this season but is still a hugely promising player.
I still think he would benefit, as Chambers did, from a season on loan at a mid-table/bottom-half PL club. Whoever the new manager is, Rob isn’t likely to see the kind of minutes next season that he needs to keep developing – any new manager is going to be a bit risk-averse at first, especially with his centre-halves.

santori
santori

Mavropanos the new Holding.

Honestly we have potential with Cbacks but we need to manage their growth and at least detriment to the team’s performance.

Both these players are potential but need space to grow without undue pressure.

We will do our chances huge favour if we scout in a more experienced player to pair up with Mustafi in the next 2 seasons. Koscielny as good as he has been is getting on and should either take a retiring role (ala Per) or be sold if the price is good.

Meanwhile someone like De Vrij or Koulabaly (again if affordable) would be a better option as they have been playing regular over the last season.

Chambers is an improving player and will compete with the new bloke and Mustafi.

Then either of HOlding or Mavropanos should stay as 4th choice and the other must go out on a strong loan to develop.

Should Chambers or Mavropanos or Holding proof delivery on promise nest season (which is to mean consistency not one off impressions), then I would say if Mustafi continues to struggle, we will sell him.

Otherwise Mustafi is still one of the stronger performers.

Vonnie
Vonnie

Socrates for a couple of years to mentor them.

baz00r
baz00r

You have everything all worked out as always.

Romford Pele
Romford Pele

I’ve also got under 21 caps

Eduardo Stark
Eduardo Stark

I hope one of Chambers and Holding would be able to force Mustafi up his form OR usurp him altogether. He’s been very frustating this season seems not to be focused on his own game. Good thing we also have Mavropanos now, we should not afraid to offload Mustafi in summer transfer if things keep going this way.

If could find like-to-like replacement, that’s better, but I really hope our young defenders make their marks on first team on merit.

Bring back David Hillier
Bring back David Hillier

The bowler’s Willey is Holding the batsman.

Paul
Paul

Is it?

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Or words to that effect.

Ilari
Ilari

I think it’s possible that we send Rob on loan next season. We have kos, mustafi, chambers, mav and probably a new signing. That’s five CB’s. So to tie Holding down and give him first team games every week somewhere else for next season, sounds like a good idea.

kas
kas

You think the new Coach will want to keep Mustafi, Xhaka & co after the last 2 seasons of mediocrity? unless they can drastically improve. Plus 2 new goalkeepers needed.

TexasGooner6
TexasGooner6

Hope he keeps improving and actually plays.

Paul
Paul

Good news on Holding but I think Mavropanos is Arsenal’s saviour. He makes Adams look ordinary and reminds me of a young Franz Beckenbauer with a hint of Bobby Moore. I just hope the fans don’t put too much pressure on the lad.

Sum Wan Oruva
Sum Wan Oruva

Not put him under pressure? Like comparing him to Adams, Beckenbauer and Moore? No pressure there then…

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Whoosh

Gereoma
Gereoma

Don’t see why holding would not replace calamity Mustafi against Athletico. The boy is a finished product who needs more games to be packaged. He rarely makes mistakes, doesn’ make short passes in the 18, and guards the balls well. I can’t say these things of Chambers, he is not improving. Wenger’s continued play of Mustafi, when he has a viable option in Holding sums up Arsene’s woeful management in the last decade.