Arsenal: 7 central defenders—who stays and who goes?

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Rob Holding

This is the hardest of the bunch. During lockdown, David Ornstein announced that Arsenal would be listening to offers for the Englishman. After a couple of promising displays after the restart, I’m intrigued to see whether Arsenal have changed their stance on this one.

Other than Saliba, on his day, I think Holding is the player on this list. In addition, he’s also apt at playing as a left-sided centre-back, unlike Chambers, Sokratis, and Mustafi. Saliba prefers to play on the right-hand-side as well. I’d be really disappointed to Holding leave the club. But, given the clear overload in this area, I expect that he’ll be moved on this Summer if a suitable offer comes. A real shame.

Verdict: I’d keep, but I think we’ll sell

How we’ve found ourselves in a situation where we have this many low calibre central-defenders is quite honestly beyond me. Straightforwardly, the defensive recruitment over the last few years has been an absolute mess.

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Let’s hope that William Saliba proves to break the trend alongside some other new recruits this Summer. This Summer could quite possibly be representative of a defensive revolution at Arsenal.