Arsenal planning to tie £40,000-a-week defender down to fresh contract

Arsenal are set to offer English star Rob Holding a new deal despite his long-term knee problem, according to the latest reports.

The 23-year-old defender is out for the rest of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture sustained versus Manchester United in December.

But although Rob may not feature again until next season, Gunners bosses are interested in tying him down at the Emirates Stadium.

According to the Mirror, manager Unai Emery was impressed by Rob’s partnership with Sokratis at the beginning of the campaign and wants to reward the star with a new contract.

With club captain French defender Laurent Koscielny now 33, many see English player as his successor at the heart of the Gunners defence for many years.

Holding joined the North Londoners from Bolton in 2016 and penned an extension the previous summer to keep him at the Emirates Stadium until 2023.

He made 16 matches this campaign before the horror injury, winning 11 and drawing 5 as part of Arsenal’s 22-match unbeaten run.

He took to social media (Instagram) either side of 2019 to update followers and fans on his progress.

Most recently, Rob Holding, at the end of last month, posted a picture with his Arsenal teammate Danny Welbeck on exercise bikes at the gym.

Like Rob, Danny is expected to be out for the rest of the season after breaking his ankle in November.

However, unlike the centre-back, the striker is not expected to be offered a fresh contract at the club. And with his current contract expiring this summer, England international would become a free agent.