Arsenal are set to offer Rob Holding a contract extension at the club, despite his long-term injury this season, according to reports in the English media.

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BOLTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: Arsenal's Rob Holding (r)looks on during the Checkatrade Trophy group match between Bolton Wanderers and Everton under-23s at Macron Stadium on August 30, 2016 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
BOLTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 30: Arsenal’s Rob Holding (r)looks on during the Checkatrade Trophy group match between Bolton Wanderers and Everton under-23s at Macron Stadium on August 30, 2016, in Bolton, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The Mirror write that Unai Emery wants to reward Holding’s progress this season, despite the injury setback. The new terms of the player’s deal would better reflect his standing in the first-team setup.

Holding isn’t set to return to full fitness until September, but he had made a great start under the new manager. In fact, Arsenal didn’t lose a single game with the 23-year-old on the pitch, and things have gone downhill significantly since his departure from the defence.

Holding is also homegrown. With the likes of Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and others potentially leaving this summer, Arsenal could start to run low on that front.

If you’ve got a player on low wages who is one of your best performing defenders and also helps you fill a compulsory quota, it’s probably best to give that player a new contract before they get unsettled and leave. Let’s hope there are no problems in negotiations and Holding makes a swift recovery to full fitness.

Arsenal have signed a couple of young players up to new contracts recently, click ‘Next’ to find out who they are.

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