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Arsenal hand bitter blow to Newcastle’s transfer plans

Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Rob Holding will not be joining Newcastle United in this transfer window.

The centre-back started the opening game of the season against Fulham on Saturday.

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What’s he said?

Holding was linked with a move to the Magpies earlier in the transfer window.

The defender had been close to a switch to St James’ Park on loan but manager Mikel Arteta pulled the plug on the deal.

Holding subsequently started Saturday’s clash at Craven Cottage as the Gunners kept a clean sheet in a 3-0 win.

And, per Goal, the Spaniard has now confirmed that the 24-year-old will not be heading out of north London.

He said: “I said to him ‘change your mind because you’re not going anywhere’.

“Rob is another who stands for every value we want at the football club. He had a really difficult time but he trained and why would I have to let him go? He’s already playing, what more do you want?”

Holding also played 90 minutes in the Community Shield against Liverpool, having made just six Premier League starts in 2019/20.

Arsenal’s superb back-up

Holding has clearly proved his worth to Arteta.

In his training sessions, the defender appears to have won over the Spaniard, and he offers a youthful option at centre-back.

Both Sokratis and David Luiz are over 30, while Shkodran Mustafi just isn’t very good.

Having Holding, despite also signing Gabriel, offers genuine depth for the former Manchester City assistant manager, as he looks to mount an assault on the top four in 2020/21.

The 24-year-old has been given an opportunity at centre-back; it is down to him to grab it.

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