Rob Holding has signed a new three-year contract at Arsenal with the option for a further year following an impressive 12 months.
The centre-back has become a regular under Mikel Arteta this season and played 18 times in all competitions. That is the same total he managed throughout the whole of the 2019-20 campaign.
Technical director Edu told the official club website: “He is 25-years-old so is still coming into the peak of his career and we are delighted that he’ll be with us during these important years.”
Arteta added: “Since I started as manager, I have been hugely impressed with Rob’s contribution to the club and the dressing room, on and off the pitch.
“We are all very happy that Rob has signed a new contract. He is very popular with all the players and staff and we’re looking forward to watching him continue to grow with us in the coming years.”
Ozil names two places he wants to play
Mesut Ozil has made it clear he will not be retiring after leaving Arsenal and wants to play for Fenerbahce or in Major League Soccer.
The 32-year-old has been frozen out of the Gunners first team this season. He was not included in either the Premier League or Europa League squads and an exit seems inevitable.
The writing was on the wall last season when his game time diminished significantly to just 18 league appearances. The former Germany international has enjoyed 254 outings for the north Londoners since joining in 2013.
At his best, he was able to carve open opposition defences with pinpoint passes. The trade off was a player who did not appear to contribute much to the defensive side of the game.
But he could get the fans out of their seats and scored 44 times for the club. One stumbling block to finding a new club is his wages.
Said to earn £350,000 per week, it is tough to find an employer willing to pay that for a player the wrong side of 30. Reports clam he is willing to take a significant pay cut to facilitate a move.
A proposed deal to lessen Arsenal’s financial burden towards him might help.
Ozil has not featured since March but has been active on social media. He held a question and answer session on Twitter on Monday.
He stressed it is his intention to continue playing and head to one of two nations. Read more…