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Why Rob Holding should leave Arsenal this summer

Rob Holding is one of Arsenal’s longest-serving players, having first joined the club from Bolton Wanderers in 2016. 

The 27-year-old has provided some solid performances for the Gunners over the years, but he failed to nail down a regular spot in the first-team. 

He made the most appearances during the 2020-21 season when he started 28 Premier League matches. 

However, the central defender has been on the fringes of the squad in the last two seasons. 

Holding still has a year on his contract at the Emirates Stadium but he would be well advised to leave Arsenal this summer. 

William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes are currently Mikel Arteta’s first-choice centre-back pairing.

They were excellent last term, playing a key role in helping the Gunners compete with Manchester City for the Premier League title. 

Saliba suffered a serious injury in March that allowed Holding an opportunity in the first team. 

He failed to impress Arteta with his performances and was dropped for the final four league matches. 

His chances for first-team football next term look slim, with the Gunners expected to add another centre-back to their ranks this summer. 

According to David Ornstein, Arsenal will be actively looking to bring in reinforcements in central defence during the summer transfer window. 

Holding should be playing regular football at this stage of his career. Sheffield United and Leeds United have been credited with an interest in him.

Either club would be a decent landing spot, although the Blades may be the better option given they are in the Premier League.

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