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Arsenal centre-back reportedly set to complete Newcastle move

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Arsenal are set to loan out Rob Holding to Newcastle for the season, according to talkSPORT.

The 24-year-old made 18 first-team appearances last season and started in Arsenal’s Community Shield win over Liverpool last Saturday.

Holding struggled with injuries last season but is back to full fitness and available for Mikel Arteta.

However, with the imminent arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille this summer, Holding’s game time could be limited even more so if he remains at the Emirates.

TalkSPORT’s Alex Crook reckons the former Bolton centre-back is now close to sealing a loan move to Newcastle, with the deal set to be finalised sometime this week.

“I thought Rob Holding was particularly good at Wembley, which is a strange one because I’m told he’s going to join Newcastle on loan this week.”

So, would a proposed loan move away for Holding be ideal for both player and club?

With Arteta already having David Luiz, Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi on the books as well as using Kieran Tierney in the centre-back role at times and the possible arrival of Magalhaes on the horizon, perhaps a temporary move away for Holding would benefit him, especially if those named above are in front of him in the pecking order.

However, I would rather see him remain at the club and be ahead of Mustafi and Sokratis for selection.

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