John Cross reports for the Mirror that Rob Holding could be another on the list of potential departures from Arsenal this summer, with the Gunners looking to bring in back-up and competition at centre-back – particularly on the right.
Holding could reportedly be allowed to move if he wants more minutes, though Cross writes that it would be an emotional departure, as he’s popular at the club and with his teammates.
The 27-year-old centre-back has managed a decent amount of game-time this season, racking up just under 1,400 minutes despite not being part of Arteta’s first-choice side and Arsenal’s relatively early exits from the Europa League and the cups.
Holding was particularly involved for Arsenal from late March to the end of April, following William Saliba’s injury.
But Jakub Kiwior has since found himself preferred in the back four, and further summer additions would seemingly only decrease Holding’s opportunities on the pitch.
Ideally, Kiwior would be utilised as cover at left-centre-back, given he favours his left foot. So if Arsenal can make a right-sided addition in the summer market, that would put the squad in a good place even if Holding goes.
At that point, a departure for the former England u21 international would make sense, after seven years and 162 appearances for the Gunners.