Official: Arsenal defender pens new long-term contract

Arsenal have this afternoon confirmed that defender Rob Holding has put pen to paper on a new contract with the club.

Talented stopper

Holding, a 22-year-old central defender who can also play at full-back, has been on the books of Arsenal since the summer of 2016, after the North Londoners forked out a fee of around £2 million to secure his signature from Bolton Wanderers.

Holding has since gone on to showcase undeniable flashes of potential during his spell at the Emirates, but such showings have all too often been followed by sub-par, mistake-riddled performances on the part of the Bolton youth product.

Rob Holding v Marko Arnautovic

Rob Holding v Marko Arnautovic during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Arsenal at Bet365 Stadium on May 13, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

To this point in the current campaign, Holding has racked up 23 appearances across all competitions, though just 7 of these have come as starts in the Premier League, with the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi still ahead of the youngster in the central defensive pecking order in North London.

Staying put

But, Arsenal have this afternoon showcased their faith in the talents of Holding, after handing the former English U21 international a new long-term (exact length not specified) contract at the club:

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