It emerged from The Athletic yesterday afternoon that we were closing in on the signing of Arsenal centre-back Rob Holding on a season-long loan.
They reported that he was expected to complete the move next week, accepting that his appearance in Arsenal’s injury-stricken defence in their Community Shield clash with Liverpool on Saturday would be his last outing before leaving on loan.
Since then, I’ve had a look at what Gunners fans have been saying about his potential move to St James’ Park and his performance against Mane, Salah and Firmino at Wembley.
Here’s what I found on Twitter:
“Holding would be so good for a team like Burnley or Newcastle. Excellent in the deep block but isn’t fast enough to play a high line.“
“Rob Holding looked good against Mane. His positioning, timing, spacing and passing has been on point. Hope 2nd half stays the same.”
“This is perfect. He’s still 24. Let him get his legs underneath him with a full season in the Premier League and see if he gets back any of the pace/consistency that he had pre-injury without having to risk him in our squad. All for this.”
“Despite some fans misgivings I really rate Rob. But with the competition this season I don’t mind a season long loan for him to truly show his full potential injury free. Don’t want him sold.”
“Can’t believe people don’t rate Holding. He was our best defender by a mile before he got injured and has only just come back from an ACL. I swear our fan base has no clue“
“Why can’t we sell him tbh? I don’t think he will ever be a first choice at Arsenal. Hopefully he has a good season at Newcastle so that we can sell him for a decent fee.”
“If either of Saliba or Gabriel performs as well as Rob Holding has done so far (vs Liverpool)…..yet some fans are still calling for Rob to be sold or sent in loan.”
“Not sure how a loan to Newcastle is guaranteed to help him that much. If he’s leaving a side with a loaded schedule, it needs to be permanently or a loan to a side desperate for another centre half.”
“Rob Holding is playing like he doesn’t want to go on loan.“
“Holding heard he was going out on loan to Newcastle and turned into Prime Maldini.”
“Don’t know why people are desperate to sell him, he’s had horrible injuries we bought him for 2 million, he’s still young and was outstanding in big games like the 2 FA CUP finals he’s played in for us, send him out on loan and then decide what to do after.”
“Great move for him to get minutes he badly needs. Glad it’s not permanent too.”
“Rob Holding has been excellent in the first half to be fair”
“Rob Holding just made Sadio Mane look awfully pedestrian. Gonna drive up the loan price to Newcastle”
“Holding will be an incredible loan signing for Newcastle.”
“I remember last year when he was coming back from injury and arsenal fans were speaking as if he was prime Maldini yet here we are a year later…”
Very interesting comments from Arsenal fans.
It seems a few don’t rate him and want rid for good, but the majority seemed relieved to hear it was just a loan deal, feeling the 24-year-old could benefit hugely from a season of regular game time in the Premier League.
The question is, is it a waste of a domestic loan given he plays in a position we are so well stocked in?
Holding played the full 90 minutes against Liverpool and did a solid job, with Arsenal going on to win the Community Shield on penalties after the game ended 1-1.