Rob Holding responds to rumours Arsenal could sell him this summer

Rob Holding during an Arsenal training session
Arsenal are reportedly ready to listen to offers for Rob Holding (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal defender Rob Holding has made it clear he’s taking no notice of rumours that Mikel Arteta is open to selling him in the summer transfer window.

The Gunners signed Holding from Bolton Wanderers for a fee of around £2million back in 2016 and the 24-year-old was beginning to hit his stride under Unai Emery when he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Holding scored with a towering header on his return against Nottingham Forest last September but the English centre-back has only made three appearances and just a solitary start since Arteta’s arrival.

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The defender has made just one start under new Arsenal manager Arteta (Picture: Getty)

Though it was believed Arteta was simply easing Holding back to full fitness following his devastating knee injury, the latest reports suggest the central defender’s future could be in serious doubt.

Earlier this week, David Ornstein, speaking on the Athletic’s Ornstein and Chapman podcast, revealed that Arsenal will be listening to offers for Holding over the coming weeks and months.

Ornstein claimed that Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi are also deemed surplus to requirements in north London.

However, Holding has since shared an Instagram post indicating that he’s ignoring the noise and that he intends to fight for his place under Arteta at the Emirates.

‘Focus your energy on what you can control,’ he said.

Back in January, Arteta insisted Holding would be a ‘valuable’ player for Arsenal but admitted the centre-half was still a little off the pace.

‘He is a very interesting player, very focused, very determined and very willing to learn,’ the Spaniard said ahead of Holding’s substitute appearance against Bournemouth.

‘Obviously the fact he has been out for such a long time, he is lacking competition now and lacking that rhythm.

‘We need to try to give him as much as possible to help him.

‘There were some moments that he looked really, really good.

‘He is a player that is going to be very valuable for us.’

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