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Rob Holding signs new long-term contract with Arsenal


Arsenal center-back Rob Holding has reportedly put pen to paper on a new contract at Emirates Stadium.

The 25-year-old was firmly out of favor this summer and was set to leave for Newcastle on loan, but he has seen a resurgence in recent times and has been at the heart of Arsenal’s recent good form.

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Holding was about to leave last summer | Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

He has managed 18 appearances in all competitions, including starts in ten of Arsenal’s last 11 Premier League games, and Mikel Arteta was keen to reward his good form with an exceptional new deal.

According to Athletic’s David Ornstein, all details have been finalized and Holding has committed his future to the club, replacing his previous contract which was due to expire in 2023.

Arteta was keen to keep Holding over the summer, defending the Englishman despite some at the club pushing to allow the defender to go on loan to guarantee him regular minutes and downsize the squad.

Technical director Edu now shares Arteta’s view that Holding is a future booming leader of the club and that the 25-year-old is seen as a central part of the UAE’s long-term setup.

However, one player who could leave the club in the coming weeks is goalkeeper Alex Runarsson, who only joined Arsenal this summer as a replacement for previous backup goalscorer Emiliano Martinez.

The 25-year-old Icelandic international has yet to impress the club, with a disastrous performance in the Carabao Cup quarter-final loss to Manchester City, a particular low point, and club officials now recognize the need for Runarsson to gain more experience. for rent.

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Runarsson could leave Arsenal on loan | James Williamson – AMA / Getty Images

They expect to receive offers from teams in the Championship, as well as some from mainland Europe, and Arsenal will now focus on finding a new replacement for top pick Bernd Leno.

The hope is to find a new permanent number two, but if the right player cannot be found in January, Arsenal are ready to bring in a bit more loan experience until they can sort out their issue this month. summer.

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