Holding signs long-term Arsenal extension

Arsene Wenger is preparing to farewell Arsenal, but young defender Rob Holding looks set for a lengthy stay at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal defender Rob Holding.   -  Getty Images

England youth international Rob Holding has pledged his future to Arsenal by signing a new "long-term" contract.

The extension comes despite the 22-year-old's struggles to break into the first team, having made just seven Premier League starts this term.

He has been a more regular figure in the run to the Europa League semi-finals, although Arsene Wenger overlooked the defender for last week's first-leg draw with Atletico Madrid.

Holding, who played 90 minutes in last year's FA Cup final triumph over Chelsea, has made 42 senior appearances in total since signing from Bolton in July 2016.

The Gunners did not confirm the exact length of the deal.

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