Aston Villa have made a fairly respectable start to their 2017/18 Championship campaign, and currently sit in fourth position in the table, although Steve Bruce has his work cut-out, with so many of his key men currently out injured.
John Terry's absence has hit the Villans particularly hard over this past month, and with the former England international due to be unavailable for selection until February, the addition of another centre-back will surely feature highly on Bruce's agenda.
Dr Tony Xia recently told the club's official website that Villa will be looking to bring a couple of loan signings into the club in January, and with this in mind, Bruce should consider a move for Gunners ace Rob Holding, who is struggling for game-time at the Emirates.
Rob Holding in action for Arsenal
The 22-year-old has showcased his class on the rare occasions when he has been given an opportunity to shine by Arsene Wenger, but sitting on the bench for the majority of the season could very well be detrimental to his progression and development as a footballer.
Holding is remarkably composed when in possession, strong in the air, and not afraid of a physical battle - three attributes that would make him such a useful addition to Villa's squad.
He also has experience of playing in the lower leagues during his time spent with Bolton Wanderers, and he would provide fantastic cover for the currently injured John Terry.
And with the January transfer window just around the corner, Bruce should not hesitate to bring the Arsenal man to Villa Park on a five-month loan deal.