Arsenal have begun discussions with centre-back Rob Holding about a new long-term contract at the club, according to a report.
Football Insider claims that the Gunners want to reward a player who has proved his worth amid the Gunners’ current crisis.
Mikel Arteta‘s side sit 15th in the Premier League table after their worst start to a season since 1974. Indeed, their lack of goals is the main source of problems.
Arsenal are 17th in the league for goals scored after netting 12 times and they sit 15th for shots. Meanwhile, their record of chances created is the fifth-worst in the top flight.
But while their defence has continued to leak goals, Football Insider notes that Holding is among those who has fully earned the trust of his manager.
The source says that Arteta rates the Englishman highly and, as such, wants to tie him down to a new deal.
TEAMtalk revealed in September how Arteta performed a U-turn on Holding, having previously wanted to let him leave.
Holding has three years left on his current terms but Arsenal want to resolve his situation before he enters the final two seasons of the agreement.
Holding, who scored an own goal against Everton on Saturday, made his seventh start in eight league matches. Indeed, only recent arrival Gabriel Magalhaes has started more league games than him this term.
What’s more, the comparison between his involvement this season and in previous campaigns shows his worth.
Holding made 23 outings last season, a collection which only featured six starts. As such, he has already beaten that record and looks likely to continue his influence.
Football Insider adds that Arsenal plan a new ‘long-term’ deal for the defender.
Arsenal to back Arteta in January
Meanwhile, reports elsewhere claim that Arsenal chiefs are preparing to back Arteta in the January transfer window.
The speculation says that there are real ‘fears’ that the Gunners could end up in a relegation battle.
As such, a creative midfielder is top of the priority list in order to help the team score more goals.