According to The Telegraph (£), Rob Holding is close to signing a new long-term contract at Arsenal.
The 25-year-old came close to leaving the Emirates on loan in the summer but a late change of heart has paid dividends.
The centre-back has been a mainstay in the centre of Mikel Arteta’s defence this season and the club is keen to tie him down knowing the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, David Luiz and Sokratis are all likely to leave next summer.
Holding was sidelined for the best part of a year with an ACL injury, but he’s impressed the boss with the way he’s returned to fitness and fought for his place.
In September, Arteta said: “Rob is another one who stands for every value that we want at the football club. He had a really difficult time but he trained hard and persuaded us he’s good enough to play for this football club.”
Holding has featured 95 times for the Gunners since Arsene Wenger signed him from Bolton Wanderers in 2016. Along the way, he’s picked up a couple of FA Cup medals and was recently given the honour of captaining the team at Everton.
While he’s under contract until 2023, a new deal would ensure a timely pay rise. It’s understood he currently earns less than back-up keeper Alex Runarsson.