Done Deal: Arsenal agree three-year contract for 25-year-old defender

By | January 14, 2021

Rob Holding has signed a new three-year deal at Arsenal with an option to extend it for 12 months.

The 25-year-old defender has become a regular under Mikel Arteta this campaign, playing 18 times in all competitions – the same total he managed throughout the whole of the 2019-20 season.

Holding was a vital part of the North London giants’ run to the FA Cup final and starred to help them clinch silverware with a 2-1 win over the Blues on August 1.

“Since I started as manager, I have been hugely impressed with Rob’s contribution to the club and the dressing room, on and off the pitch,” Arteta told the official club website.

“We all know Rob’s quality, which he has shown in his displays during the intense moments of those two FA Cup final victories.

“We are all very happy that Rob has signed a new contract, he is very popular with all the players and staff and we’re looking forward to watching him continue to grow with us in the coming years.”

Since the centre-back moved to the Emirates from Bolton back in 2016, he has played 96 appearances games and this term he has become a vital part of Mikel Arteta’s starting XI.

Holding also impressed in the 2017 FA Cup final triumph, again over Chelsea, and has been backed to get even better in the coming years.

Technical director Edu added: “We are very happy to have signed Rob on a new contract extension. He is 25 years old so is still coming into the peak of his career and we are delighted that he’ll be with us during these important years.

“Rob has shown great quality and maturity on and off the pitch in recent months and is developing well. We are looking forward to Rob continuing his progression in the years to come.”