Report: Arsenal player last used in PL in August understood to be impressing with his intensity in training
Rob Holding is understood to be impressing the Arsenal coaching staff with his intensity in training as he looks to regain a place under Mikel Arteta, according to a report from The Athletic.
Holding is one of the most experienced members within the Gunners’ squad. However, the 26-year-old has been a peripheral figure this term.
He started against both Chelsea and Manchester City. Those appearances came after he had been an unused substitute against Brentford on the opening day.
Since then however, Arteta has been able to put together his preferred pairing of Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes.
And while they did suffer a disappointing defeat at the weekend, the pair have shown a lot of potential.
Holding has been an unused substitute for the last eight games. But it would appear that he is not letting his lack of game-time have an impact on his performances on the training ground.
The Athletic reports that Holding’s intensity during the week has impressed the coaching team.
Holding unlikely to be able to secure move away as he sits in difficult spot in Arsenal pecking order
As The Athletic notes, Holding appears to be next in line in the centre-back pecking order. If White or Gabriel miss a game for whatever reason, Holding is likely to be the player Arteta turns to.
He has previously captained the side. And he has proved himself to be a very decent centre-back in the Premier League.
Holding would be forgiven for wanting a move away after so little game-time. However, he must be aware that he finds himself in a difficult position.
Arsenal do have other options. But Holding is almost like the substitute goalkeeper. Arteta may be hoping that he is not needed. However, he can surely not take the gamble and let the former Bolton man leave in any capacity just in case.
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