Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side powered to a 3-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage (Picture: Getty)
Mikel Arteta has revealed he has urged Rob Holding to change his mind over his Arsenal future, amid speculation the English centre-half is keen on leaving the north London club.
The 24-year-old struggled to recapture his best form after returning to fitness last Septbember following nearly a year out with a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Arteta bolstered his defence this summer with the addition of Gabriel Magalhaes, while William Saliba returned from his loan spell at Saint-Etienne. David Luiz also signed a new deal in the summer, while Pablo Mari has also joined on a permanent basis from Flamengo.
Despite boasting a wealth of options, Arsenal began their season at Fulham on Saturday amid a defensive crisis with five of their eight senior centre halves injured.
Holding, who has been linked with a loan move to Newcastle, stepped into the breach alongside Gabriel and Kieran Tierney and gave a commanding performance, picking up from where he left off in the Community Shield win over Liverpool a fortnight ago.
Rob Holding impressed at the heart of the Arsenal defence…