first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal pull plug on Rob Holding move to Newcastle View 4 comments Rob Holding may now stay at Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have changed their minds on letting Rob Holding leave on loan to Newcastle and are currently unwilling to let the defender depart.The centre-back had been expected to complete a short-term switch to Newcastle this week, with game time looking set to be very limited at Arsenal this season.The Gunners have brought in Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba has returned from his loan spell, adding a huge amount of competition to the centre of defence alongside David Luiz, Sokratis Papastathopoulous, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari and with Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac playing on the left of a three-man defence.AdvertisementAdvertisementHolding looked likely to be sacrificed, at least on loan, but Sky Sports report that Arsenal have now made a U-turn and are unwilling to let him leave.ADVERTISEMENTNewcastle remain interested in the 24-year-old, but the decision ultimately rests with Arsenal.Mikel Arteta is happy to let Sokratis, Mustafi and Chambers leave this summer and the desire to hold onto Holding may indicate that exits are getting closer for the other centre-backs.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityNapoli are keen to bring in Sokratis, while Fulham and Leeds have been linked with Chambers, but finding a buyer for Mustafi may prove more difficult.Arteta had suggested that Holding was ahead of his rivals as he started the Community Shield alongside Tierney and Luiz at the back and played well in the surprise victory over Liverpool.That performance may well have kept him at the Emirates for the forthcoming season and could see Newcastle miss out.MORE: Arsenal given hope in Thomas Partey transfer as Atletico Madrid target Marc Roja as replacementMORE: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil set for Premier League return against FulhamFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 7 Sep 2020 2:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link17.8kShareslast_img

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