Rob Holding is edging closer to a first team return after playing 60 minutes for Arsenal’s under-23s as they beat a Watford XI 6-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at London Colney this afternoon.
The centre-back hasn’t kicked a ball in anger since suffering an ACL injury in December’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
He was training fully with the squad during the tour of the USA last month, and Arseblog News was told that a first team return was planned for after the first international break, potentially against Watford.
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No doubt, he’ll need a few more games under his belt before Unai Emery considers him for selection but at a time when there are serious doubts over the future of both Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi, it’s a definite boost to see the 23-year-old in action.
The rest of the first team are flying to Barcelona for tomorrow’s friendly at Camp Nou.