Arsenal Head Coach Unai Emery is rumored to have counted what little, precious sterling is in the club’s nearly-empty pockets and decided that part of that measly amount of disposable income should be set aside for Rob Holding, his star rising quickly earlier this season before suffering an unfortunate knee injury at Old Trafford this past December.
This contract extension appears to be more in-line with rewarding Holding with a healthy raise for the performances he put in on the pitch as well as the work he’s put in off-the-pitch rehabbing his knee, as he only just signed a contract extension last spring. Given, also, the state of the club’s defense and the need to ensure that any appreciable talent stay around the club for a bit of time, this rumored extension slash pay raise makes all the sense in the world. Holding seemed to be gaining an understanding with Sokratis and was riding off the back of a stellar performance in front of the home fans versus Spurs when, under challenge by Marcus Rashford on that December evening in Manchester, he twisted his left knee on the turf, tore his ACL and was summarily ruled out the rest of the season.
From the looks of it on social media and the words others have used to describe his recovery the hope is Holding might be ready to play meaningful matches for Arsenal by the time the new league season kicks off. Let’s hope he’s playing with more pound notes in his pocket than before.