Apr 19, 2017
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Arsenal round-up: Summer rebuild begins; Rob Holding talks about playing three at the back; Jack Wilshere injury blow

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Arsenal have already started drawing up their rebuilding plans for next season and it is becoming evident that Arsene Wenger will remain in charge of the Gunners.

According to the Mirror, he is expected to sign a new two-year contract and oversee a major squad overhaul with a number of incomings and outgoings.

Sead Kolasinac has already been offered a contract with the club and that would likely mean that Nacho Monreal would be one of the players to leave.

This is a report that has been doing the rounds for a while now and there does appear to be truth to the claims that Wenger is set to stay with the club. It is encouraging that the club are already making moves in the transfer market, with Kolasinac being a player that has been tracked by a lot of clubs.

For a free transfer, he would arrive with little pressure while he has the potential to grow into a very good left-back. Some supporters will be sad to see Monreal leave, but his performances haven’t been great lately and it is the right time for the club to move on.

It was a brave decision from Arsene Wenger to use a 3-4-3 formation against Middlesbrough and it led to a win. However, Rob Holding has revealed that he was only given short notice that he would be starting in a three-man defence.

The young Englishman had a decent game on Monday night and will be hoping for further chances in the experimental formation. The Metro report the following quotes from the centre back:

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“We’d done it in the week and then we did it yesterday [Sunday] but I wasn’t in the team and I wasn’t sure if I was playing or not and it wasn’t until today [Monday] that I found out I was in the back three, so that was good.”

There were issues with the back three, but it was good to see Wenger try to do something different as he has stubbornly stuck with a 4-2-3-1 throughout his managerial career. It is useful to have the players get used to a different formation as they can then change if the match requires them to do so.

Against sides in the bottom half, it can be good to play with a back-three as the centre backs will step out of defence and that pushes the side up the pitch, while creating more space for the more dangerous attacking players.

Finally, the Mirror report that Jack Wilshere has suffered another bad injury while on loan at Bournemouth. The English international has reportedly broken his leg and he will now be missing for the rest of the season.

He has been lucky with injuries for most of the campaign and this will be a bitter blow going into what is considered to be an important summer for the midfielder, with his Arsenal future uncertain.

Although he isn’t currently with the club, this is a huge disappointment for the Gunners as they will now need to decide what to do with the player. There were rumours that he could be set for talks over a new contract, but they could be delayed after this latest injury setback.

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Wilshere could have become a great player, but regular injuries such as this one have stunted his development. He is probably going to miss the beginning of next season and that means that for the time-being, he is likely to remain an Arsenal player.

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