Done deal: Arsenal secure third summer signing as England Under-21 international arrives
By Dominic Toner
Arsenal have completed the signing of defender Rob Holding on a long-term contract.
Football Insider revealed on Tuesday that Holding had booked his medical with the club and was finalising a move to the Emirates.
Arsenal announced the signing on their club website, and the England Under-21 international is a versatile defender capable of playing at either centre-back of full-back.
Holding made 30 appearances last term and was a shining light in Bolton’s wretched campaign that ended in relegation to League One.
He was named Bolton’s Player of the Year last season, and was part of Gareth Southgate’s tournament-winning under-21 side that also included new team-mate Calum Chambers.
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The 20-year-old will face stiff competition from the current crop of Arsenal centre-backs for an immediate first-team place, with senior players Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertescaker, Gabriel and Chambers expected to be higher in the pecking order.
Holding is Arsene Wenger’s third signing of the window following Granit Xhaka and Takuma Asano to the Londonders, and will be hoping they can go one better than their second-placed finish in the Premier League last season.
In other Arsenal transfer news, they have issued a hands-off warning to Premier League rivals who are interested in defender Hector Bellerin.