Good news. 288 days since he ruptured his ACL against Manchester United, Rob Holding is in line for a first team return.
Arsenal have confirmed that the defender has travelled with the first team squad for our opening Europa League game of the season against Frankfurt.
"Back in the mix!" 😄
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 18, 2019
The centre-back, 23, has played a number of games for the under-23s since resuming training with the ball in the summer and appears to be ready to take the next step.
It remains to be seen whether Holding is given the responsibility of starting the game – we suspect Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi could get the nod – but it’d be great for his confidence to at least play some part of the occasion.
Youngsters Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson are also part of the squad.
Unai Emery is set to face the media when Arsenal touch down in Germany.