With first-team chances seemingly minimal at Arsenal, Rob Holding looked set to join Newcastle in the summer; instead, the center-back was rewarded with a new contract after being a keystone for the Gunners this season, playing 16 games so far.

At Arsenal, Rob Holding has signed a contract extension that will see the defender remain with the Gunners until 2024 at least.

In the summer, Newcastle held talks with Arsenal overtaking in Holding on loan, with Gabriel’s imminent arrival expected to reduce Holding’s chances of first-team action at the Emirates.

A change did not materialize, however, and Holding remained with Arsenal, becoming a pillar on the side of Mikel Arteta and starting 16 games so far this season.

The new contract comes after Holding battled back in December 2018 from a severe knee injury, which slowed his development and provides the option for an additional year after expiry.

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta said, “I have been extremely impressed with Rob’s contribution to the club and the dressing room, on and off the pitch, since I began as manager.”

The consistency of his work on the training pitches every day is excellent and he converts this into consistently high match results.

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