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Arsenal urged to keep hold of Holding

Despite an influx of defenders at Arsenal this summer, former Gunners defender Nigel Winterburn believes Rob Holding should be kept at the club.

Holding has been linked with the exit door after a long-term injury, combined with the arrivals of William Saliba and soon-to-be-confirmed Gabriel.

Yet Winterburn believes the Englishman still has something to offer.

“I think there’ll be more than one of them going, because Arsenal have got a host of centre-halves and it may come down to which players are going to be limited in appearances going forward,” Winterburn said as quoted by the Metro.

“Age may come in to it too – all of those players will be looking at the situation and wondering how often they’re going to be playing and what their chances of being a first choice are.

“And if not, are they happy to sit on the bench and wait for opportunities? The one player out of the four that I think might be worth holding on to is Rob Holding.

“Up until his injury I would have said he was Arsenal’s most consistent defender, but he’s struggled to get back to full fitness and get that consistency back.

“I don’t know whether there’s a slight doubt that he’s going to ever get that consistency back, but before his injury he’s the one centre-half I felt was able to offer that.

“So it would be a bit of a surprise if Holding was to leave, but then you have to consider Arsenal’s financial situation.

“They might feel as though he’s the one they might be able to get the most money for, so in terms of the club trying to balance the books it might be a good option for them to sell.

“But with the amount of games Arsenal are going to be playing next season it makes sense to retain at least two of them.”