ROB HOLDING has signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal.
The defender, 25, appeared to be heading out the Emirates exit door last summer with Newcastle linked with the star.
Now he has agreed to stay until 2024, with an option for a further year, after convincing boss Mikel Arteta of his abilities.
Arteta said: “Since I started as manager, I have been hugely impressed with Rob’s contribution to the club and the dressing room, on and off the pitch.
“The quality of his work every day on the training pitches is excellent and he is translating this into consistently high performances in matches.
“We all know Rob’s quality, which he has shown in his displays during the intense moments of those two FA Cup final victories.
“We are all very happy that Rob has signed a new contract, he is very popular with all the players and staff, and we’re looking forward to watching him continue to grow with us in the coming years.”
Arsenal technical director, Edu, added: “We are very happy to have signed Rob on a new contract extension.
“He is 25 years old, so is still coming into the peak of his career, and we are delighted that he’ll be with us during these important years.
“Rob has shown great quality and maturity on and off the pitch in recent months and is developing well. We are looking forward to Rob continuing his progression in the years to come.”
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Holding has won two FA Cups since joining from Bolton in 2016.
The defender is closing in on a century of appearances for the Gunners.
And he was hanged the captain’s armband by Arteta last month for their clash with Everton.
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