Gunners defender Rob Holding is set to make his comeback from injury and could feature in the Europa League trip to Eintracht Frankfurt this week. U21 England international has been out of action since winter when he suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a Premier League match against Man United.
It was a big loss for Arsenal and a huge disappointment for the young centre-back, who was establishing himself as a regular in the starting XI and had played 16 games in all tournaments to that point in the campaign. Rob’s injury nightmare is now at an end, and he will declare himself fit for the game with the Bundesliga club.
Whether Spanish manager will throw Holding straight back into the first team is yet to be seen, but he will be glad of having one more option at centre-back again. Sokratis and David Luiz have been the central defensive partnership for London club’s last four Premier League matches, and they have not kept a clean sheet in any of them.
Both Sokratis and David were at fault for Watford goals in the 2-2 draw with the Hornets, and the 23-year-old defender will be hopeful of replacing one of them soon. English centre-back has played three games for the Gunners U23s so far this campaign and is set to make the step back up to the first-team action.
Also vying for a place in the Lonon club in central defence is Shkodran Mustafi, amid seemingly falling a long way down the pecking order after terrible performances last campaign.