Ian Wright reacts as Rob Holding indicators new Arsenal deal
Arsenal center-back Rob Holding has signed a new three-year deal with the north London giants, with an option for an additional year.
✍️ @ RobHolding95 has signed a new long term contract until 2024 with an option for an additional year
– Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 12, 2021
The 25-year-old was on the verge of joining Newcastle United on loan in the summer but the move failed and he has since established himself as a key player under manager Mikel Arteta.
Holding has played 17 games in all competitions in 2020-21 and will now continue to prove itself to attract the attention of English manager Gareth Southgate.
The Gunners defender joined the club from Bolton Wanderers in July 2016, played 96 games and won two FA Cups. He definitely deserved the new deal.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright is happy with the development and reacts to the announcement on Twitter:
Congratulations Rob. Fantastic news. Well earned 💪🏾
– Ian Wright (@ IanWright0) January 12, 2021
Some at Arsenal wanted Holding to let the Emirates loan out in the summer so they could play more regularly, but Arteta intervened and that decision is starting to pay off.
Arsenal technical director Edu and the Spaniard see the center-back as one of their emerging front-runners and an important part of the club’s future. He will be happy to reward your trust in him in the future.
Former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger signed with Holding after being impressed by the scouting reports on the Englishman. He was quick to praise him after a goalless draw with Leicester City in August 2016.
The center-back joined Arsenal for just £ 2m and he is proving to be a smart addition despite a knee injury that threatened his career in December 2018.