Rob Holding is set to join Newcastle United on a season-long loan deal, according to The Athletic (£).
The 24-year-old joined the Gunners from Bolton in 2016 and has gone on to win two FA Cup medals but his game time last season was limited following his recovery from ACL surgery.
With William Saliba returning from his loan at Saint-Etienne and Gabriel Magalhães set to join from Lille soon, it’s no secret that Arsenal need to shift a few defenders before the transfer window closes in October.
Interestingly, despite our plethora of centre-backs, we’re short of options for today’s Community Shield clash, so Holding could bid farewell for the year after another run out at Wembley.
Under contract until 2023, there’s no immediate need to sell the 24-year-old. A season of regular football at St James’ Park could stand him in good stead for the future. A run of games has certainly helped boost his confidence in the past.
If Holding does complete a move to Newcastle, he’ll be the third centre-back to depart on loan for the year after Zech Medley, who joined Gillingham, and Dinos Mavropanos, who signed for Stuttgart.