Arsenal have confirmed that Rob Holding will miss this weekend’s clash with Burnley after failing to full-recover from a knee injury.
The Gunners posted on their official website that the English centre-back is out for Saturday’s game against the Turf Moor side. Holding missed last weekend’s match against Norwich City, with Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes starting in central defence.
Holding has proven to be a favourite of Mikel Arteta’s since the Basque manager’s appointment in 2019.
The 25-year-old centre-back signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal last year worth £40,000-a-week according to Spotrac.
Indeed, the Arsenal manager labelled Holding as ‘incredible’ in an interview with the Mirror in January. However, it is likely the former Bolton star won’t play as much football this season due to the arrivals of White and Takehiro Tomiyasu.
The Gunners have won just once this season in the Premier League, that victory coming against Norwich last week. And Arsenal will be hopeful of making it two wins out of two when they travel up north to Burnley.
With Holding out, though, Arsenal could be light in the defensive area should an injury occur to White or Gabriel. However, Arteta will also have Pablo Mari and Callum Chambers to call upon should things go wrong.
As well as the 25-year-old centre-back, Mohamed Elneny is also out for the trip to Burnley, with the Egyptian midfielder set to return to Arsenal training from injury next week.