Nigel Winterburn urges Mikel Arteta to keep Arsenal centre-back this summer

Holding hasn’t been the same since his serious knee injury (Picture: Getty Images)

Nigel Winterburn expects multiple exits in the centre-back department this summer for Arsenal, but insists Rob Holding is the one most worth keeping.

Mikel Arteta is overseeing a complete overhaul of his squad after his side finished outside of the top six for the first time in 25 years last season.

Arsenal’s campaign ended on a high note with their record 14th FA Cup win over Chelsea, but there is much work to be done for the Gunners to get back to the top.

The Gunners have already completed the signing of former Chelsea winger Willian on a free transfer, while Lille defender Gabriel looks set to be become their second major recruit of the summer.

The north London club already have plenty of centre-backs on their books, and Gabriel would be their ninth, including Kostantinos Mavropanos, who was sent out on a season-long loan to Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart.

Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Calum Chambers and Rob Holding are the names being linked with an Emirates exit, and Arsenal legend Winterburn believes that out of the four, Holding is the one that should stay.