#2 Rob Holding
2018/19 felt like it would be a breakout year for young Arsenal defender Rob Holding. After coming to the forefront during the latter stages of Arsene Wenger’s reign at the Emirates as part of a back three, Holding was beginning to establish himself as a first-choice defender for new manager Unai Emery at the beginning of the season, appearing in the majority of Arsenal’s games in the first period of the season.
Sadly though, Holding’s season ended up being thoroughly ruined by a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United in December. The England U21 international was immediately ruled out for the remainder of the season, and Arsenal’s defence suffered in his absence, too.
Holding is expected to be back in the early part of 2019/20, and he will hope he can help to shore up a defence that ended up shipping a whopping 51 goals last season.
With Arsenal fans unconvinced by the performances of Sokratis and downright horrified by the errors of Shkodran Mustafi in the centre of their defence, a return for Holding will definitely be welcome.
The 23-year-old admittedly isn’t the finished article right now, but with a pass success rate of 87.5% and strong statistics in defensive areas like clearances, blocks and tackles, if he can return well from his injury then the future for him should be bright.Published 14 Jun 2019, 02:42 IST