Holding a doubt for Monday with bruised knee

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Rob Holding is nursing a bruised knee and is a doubt for Monday’s game with West Ham United.

The centre-back returned from his ACL injurt in the September win over Nottingham Forest but hasn’t featured since the 2-0 defeat at Leicester on 9 November, his only Premier League game time of the season.

The 24-year-old has been missing from the squad for our last four games against Southampton, Norwich, Eintracht Frankfurt and Brighton.

Up to now, the weekly update from the medical team hasn’t explained his absence. This news would go some way to explain why he wasn’t selected by Unai Emery and Freddie Ljungberg.

Dani Ceballos is the only other player out injured at the moment. He’s got a hamstring problem and won’t return to training for another week or so.

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DefaultGray
DefaultGray

I’ve been pulling my hair out wondering why we’re not starting Holding and Chambers at CB ahead of the three crap-migos so I guess this explains something…

gus
gus

holding is shit as well, gets turned too easily and not quick enough, maybe slightly better then what we have but not by more than an inch or two

we missed out on soyuncu this summer and jonny evans or gazza cahil, id rather have an experienced premier league entre back then any of our defenders at the moment either that or play two holding midfielders and tell then to sit deep thats the only way our leaking ship may last a few more months

many fans are deluded by holding and chambers just as they are englishmen, watch them closely , piss poor

GUS
GUS

David Luiz is an experienced premier league centre back

BleedRed
BleedRed

Makes sense now why Holding hasn’t been playing but pleasd get Chambers in there

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

While it’ll be great to have Holdini back he’s not going to dramatically change our season. A CB and a DM must be top priorities in January.

oldboygunner
oldboygunner

Will there be any money in January given FFP?

goonerink
goonerink

and the fact were invested in Saliba next season.
when we kick off our first championship game in august 😛 we will have too many useless cbs.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

The championship wouldn’t be all bad, a lot of our players would finally find their level….

para
para

Ha, the championship top teams would probably eat them for breakfast.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

There will be if we finally shift Mustafi and Xhaka!

PeteyB
PeteyB

Maybe they wont change our season, but we’re pretty much at a point where we can call this season a write off, at least in EPL terms, so we might as well give holding and Chambers a good number of minutes together, see if they can form a partnership strong enough for next year, and maybe the 10 years after that… Those two are young, the rest are over the hill.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Also when Freddie talks about opposition strikers in his prematch team talk, he can say “Jimenez hey? Send him to the holding chambers” and laugh maniacally while Per strokes a small white cat called Ryo Meowchi.

Bob Holdy
Bob Holdy

Very creative
Lovely stuff

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Tell that to blogs. I keep asking him to give me a monthly article but we always stall on a fee. I want five grand a piece while he has blocked me from all social media channels. Playing hard to get no doubt. He’s basically doing to me what Saliba is probably currently doing to Raul. But blogs doesn’t have the president of Real Madrid on the other line.

I’m thinking about going over to the athletic but apparently as soon as you get behind the paywall it’s just emojis of a shrugging man and a monkey covering his eyes. I also hear they took their article writing credit system from Unai’s captaincy model and you have to have at least five or it won’t get published.

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles

Just do what Santori does and start your own blog within someone else’s blog.

oldboygunner
oldboygunner

Without wising to undermine Holding, will his inabiluty to play due to injury actually make a difference to the overall performance? If, as is not unlikely, without an early confidence-building goal, I consider that even Europa League football is beyond us but that we are serious candidates for relegation for the first time in our history. My father, who first went to Highbury in 1934, took me as a small child to every home and London game from the mid-50s and I therefore feel I’m qualified having been an Arsenal supporter ever since through thick and thin to say that this is one of the laziest Arsenal teams I have ever seen.

Santori
Santori

We have no good options at Cback.

Its not as if Holding was entirely convincing either, he was turned on many ocassions too easily.

Luiz isn’t a good choice any more than Mustafi or frankly Chambers even at cback. Mavropanos even less.

Sokratis was about our most consistent but even he has devolved of late.

The best way to keep us solid at the back is to tighten up midfield. Torreira and Willock far too high last match trying to close down which worked first 15 minutes of either half bc rest of the forward line was pressing in unison but then when one or two players drop off ball out put, we become disjointed and gaps (HUGE gaps) around Granit appear. The Swiss isn’t the quickest to cover that much real estate when turned, frankly neither is Torreira.

So its a systemic issue.

And of course we do ourselves a favour if the wide players (Auba and Pepe) do not give the ball away cheaply. If they do, they need to hunt it back ala Laca.

It will help even more if we are able to be sharper up top and take our chances better. We did some good work as mentioned first 15 minutes each half but did no capitalize on it enough and then were wanton in not being able to sustain effort. Instead we became a bit of a mess as off ball out put fell away.

So whilst our defense has major issues, its not the only problem.

Last match of course we succumbed to two goals which could have been better defended by SideshowBob. We are paying for poor decisions in the summer neglecting to properly fix Cback.

BUT even so, we should have enough to work through current defficiencies without making it too big an excuse.

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles

See.

Arsemusic
Arsemusic

We need him fit asap. I really hope he’s back for our nasty looking December fixtures.

Ordnance Dave
Ordnance Dave

….. no ….. No! NOOOOOOOO! Papabob…..

CJay
CJay

completely off topic, but at this point would you guys take Pep?

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

Is that even a question? The question is would he take us?

CJay
CJay

it just seems to me, he’s lost his drive for man $hitty and is looking for a new project. with Saliba coming through next season, i think we’d be ideal for him. plus he’d be the perfect person to revitalize Ozil and unlock his elusive potential.

robkong
robkong

Pep only goes where he can buy everyone under the sun. He’ll never take an incredibly challenging position like ours. He is a top level talent and deep pocket manager, not one to get the most out of mediocrity already here

para
para

Still feel that Pep and Arteta is coming when Manc dont win CL, or even if they do. Na Na. The players will have to work to get CL though.
Well i can dream can’t i?