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Arteta’s Arsenal reportedly makes decision to axe a veteran defender at the club

Arsenal like all Premier League clubs are revamping their squad and Mikel Arteta has made a decision to axe a veteran defender at the club.

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( Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta / Photo via Getty )

Rob Holding’s future at Arsenal seems uncertain as reports suggest that he is expected to leave the club this summer. According to The Guardian journalist Ed Aarons, Mikel Arteta does not have plans for Holding in the upcoming season.

Last season, Holding had a limited role at Arsenal, making only a few substitute appearances in the Premier League. He featured in just 12 league games for the Gunners throughout the campaign. This lack of playing time could be a significant factor in Arteta’s decision to let him go.

Arsenal had high hopes of winning the 2022/23 Premier League title and were engaged in a fierce battle with Manchester City. However, their dreams were shattered when they suffered a defeat against Nottingham Forest in the 37th game week. This loss ultimately cost them the trophy as Manchester City emerged as this year’s champions.

Despite leading the league table for an impressive 10 months, Arsenal had to settle for second place with 84 points, while Manchester City finished with 89 points. It was undoubtedly a disappointing end to what could have been a remarkable season for the Gunners.

 

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Rob Holding of Arsenal contends for the aerial ball with Callum Wilson of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on May 07, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

With such high stakes and intense competition, it is crucial for Arteta to make strategic decisions regarding his squad for next season. While Holding may have contributed to Arsenal’s success during their title chase, it appears that Arteta has different plans moving forward.

The departure of Holding could open up opportunities for other players within the squad or potentially pave the way for new signings. Arteta will likely be looking to strengthen his team and make necessary changes to ensure they can compete at the highest level next season.

As fans eagerly await official confirmation regarding Holding’s future, it remains unclear whether he will leave permanently or go out on loan. Regardless of his destination, it is evident that Holding will need regular playing time to continue his development and progress as a player.

Holding has shown promise during his time at Arsenal and has the potential to become a valuable asset for any team. It will be interesting to see where his career takes him and how he can contribute to his new club if he does indeed leave Arsenal.

In conclusion, Rob Holding’s future at Arsenal hangs in the balance as he is expected to depart this summer. Despite limited appearances last season, Holding played a part in Arsenal’s title chase but ultimately fell short. As Arteta plans for the upcoming season, Holding’s departure could open up new opportunities for the squad and potentially lead to new signings. Only time will tell where Holding’s career takes him next and how he can continue to grow as a player.

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