Another year, another year of Arsenal’s defence being an absolute car crash.
From Shkodran Mustafi yet again proving to be one of Arsenal’s worst signings in the Premier League era to the defence as a whole, capitulating at the slightest change in pressure, Unai Emery has a massive task on his hands when it comes to sorting this mess.
But it wasn’t that long ago when things looked promising, and you can pinpoint the day and time to when it all went wrong for Arsenal this season, at 8:38 PM on the 5th December 2018, the moment Rob Holding was stretchered off the pitch against Manchester United with a ruptured ACL.
Until that moment, the 23-year-old defender had been one of Arsenal’s best players all season and the Gunners best centre-back. His improvement under Emery was astonishing, going from an okay centre-back to a figure who many fans can see leading the backline for years to come.
Holding’s absence has seriously hindered the Gunners’ defence, and although many fans and pundits believe Emery will be looking towards the summer transfer window to strengthen the defence, the return of the English centre-back would be what helps the club’s defensive problems for next season.
The former Bolton Wanderers defender is expected to be back in time for the 2019/20 Premier League season, and with Holding impressing Emery so much in the games he has played this season, it would be wise for the Spanish manager to give the centre-back another chance in the starting XI and to continue his development as a player.
Arsenal fans, should Holding be in next season’s starting XI? Let us know!