Arsenal have reportedly been dealt a major blow which will see Mikel Arteta increasingly likely to keep defender Rob Holding at the Emirates Stadium this season.
This is because David Luiz is set to miss the start of the season and could be out for an extended period.
The Athletic state that the Gunners are sweating over Luiz’s fitness as he picked up a injury during the recent Community Shield win over Liverpool.
Luiz’s neck is where the problem lies according to The Athletic, and it could mean the Brazilian is out of action for as long as six weeks.
Thus, the Arsenal manager is increasingly likely to keep defender Rob Holding at the Emirates Stadium this season rather than sending him out on loan.
That seems a smart move by AFC, as Luiz wasn’t always the most convincing performer himself.
But most fans would probably rather see him playing regularly, as opposed to the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
Luiz’s injury could also hand more opportunities to summer signing Gabriel Magalhaes and promising youngster William Saliba.