Arsenal make Rob Holding transfer U-turn as ‘Arteta pulls plug’

Arteta pulls plug

Arsenal made a dramatic U-turn on Rob Holding’s loan to Newcastle, according to reports.

It is understood the defender, 24, was close to sealing a loan switch to St James’ Park for the season.

But according to The Athletic, Arsenal have backed away from making a decision just yet.

And the Daily Mail add that Mikel Arteta has had second thoughts about letting Holding go.

The Englishman looked set to be surplus to requirements at the Emirates this season with a temporary switch to Newcastle expected to be completed.

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The likes of Pablo Mari, William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes joined – or rejoined – the Arsenal squad.

That took Arteta’s list of centre-backs to eight with David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis and Calum Chambers.

Kieran Tierney can also play in a back three while Konstantinos Mavropanos is already out on loan with Stuttgart.

But Mustafi’s injury in the FA Cup semi-final meant Holding came in for the final against Chelsea.

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And his performance at Wembley – backed up by another display at the national stadium in the Community Shield – helped the Gunners to back-to-back trophies.

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