Arsenal were dealt a big blow ahead of Saturday’s clash with Manchester City, with Rob Holding sustaining an injury in the warm-up that ruled him out of the game after being named in the starting lineup.
According to the Daily Mail, Holding will now undergo a scan on his hamstring. It is a real setback, with the Englishman impressing in the early stages of the campaign.
So it would be a big boost for the Gunners if the problem is not too serious and Holding returns to the fold in the near future.
But if he is sidelined for a little while, perhaps the door may open for William Saliba to finally make his debut for Mikel Arteta’s men.
Debut in sight for Saliba?
It has been a turbulent time for Saliba. He obviously signed in 2019 before arriving in North London in the summer. But, despite looking bright in pre-season, he is yet to feature for the Gunners.
In fact, it looked as though he was going to end the transfer window out on loan once again. As noted by Football London, the centre-back – who earns £40,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – was close to sealing a temporary exit before the deadline.
However, he remains at the Emirates. And, while he is not in Arsenal’s Europa League squad, he is a player that Arteta will surely need to consider in the coming weeks.
The Gunners face six fixtures before the next international break in around three weeks. Saliba is ineligible for half of them. But he must therefore be a contender to feature in the Premier League.
If Holding is not injured for long, it may be that Saliba’s wait will go on a little longer. But perhaps he could prove to be the biggest beneficiary should his teammate face a spell on the sidelines.