Mikel Arteta has spoken highly of Rob Holding, insisting the centre-half is a valuable member of the squad, after his recent struggles with injury.
The 24 year old suffered a cruciate ligament rupture at Old Trafford in December 2018, and although he made his first team comeback in September, another more minor knee problem saw him miss a further two months.
He played the FA Cup third round against Leeds, and looked rusty on the night, but the Arsenal boss is sure that once he regains full fitness he’ll pushing the more established centre-halves for place in the side.
“He is a very interesting player, very focused, very determined, very willing to learn,” said Arteta of Holding.
“Obviously the fact he has been out for such a long time, he is lacking competition now and lacking that rhythm. We need to try to give him as much as possible to help him.
“There were some moments that he looked really, really good. He is a player that is going to be very valuable for us.”
The Gunners defensive depth has been tested with the injuries to Holding, and latterly to Calum Chambers who suffered the same ACL rupture as his great friend.
The club have moved to address that, and it’s expected that the signing of Spaniard Pablo Mari from Flamengo will be made official inside the next 24 hours.