Rob Holding is set to start in Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Fulham as David Luiz is a major doubt due to a neck injury, according to reports.
Holding was expected to be allowed to join Newcastle United on loan this summer but Mikel Arteta has reversed that decision and is keen to keep the 24-year-old in his squad.
It’s understood that Arteta has been impressed by Holding during Arsenal’s pre-season preparations and the defender will be given the chance to challenge for a regular role.
And according to The Athletic, Holding is now in line start Arsenal’s first game of the new Premier League season as David Luiz is struggled to overcome a neck injury.
The report claims that the Brazilian suffered the injury in Arsenal’s victory over Liverpool in the Community Shield and the problem has been aggravated in training since the Gunners’ win at Wembley.
The report also suggests that David Luiz could be sidelined for up to six weeks and Arsenal’s medical staff want to treat the injury with ‘particular caution’.
The Brazilian’s injury also opens the door for William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes to make their Premier League debuts.
Saliba has taken part in a full pre-season camp with Arsenal but the 19-year-old did not start in the match against Liverpool on August 29.
Gabriel, meanwhile, hasn’t played a competitive game since early March as Lille’s Ligue 1 campaign was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers are all unavailable due to injuries.
Arteta’s side will begin their Premier League campaign against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
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