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‘Finally some good news’: Many Arsenal fans buzzing over report about 23-year-old star

Rob Holding is set to return from injury earlier than expected and play a part in Arsenal’s pre-season schedule, according to the Daily Mail.

They report that the 23-year-old central defender was expected to miss the start of the 2019/20 campaign following the knee injury he suffered against Manchester United in December.

But Holding has returned to training on the club’s tour of the United States and his recovery has apparently been boosted by some one-on-one work throughout the summer.

That’s a timely defensive boost for Unai Emery, who is currently without his captain Laurent Koscielny and has not yet landed a new centre half with just weeks to go until the new season.

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There’s an argument for saying Holding is the best central defender at Arsenal right now, and his form in the early part of last season was the best he’s produced in a Gunners shirt.

That’s why so many Arsenal fans took to Twitter to celebrate the news that he’s ahead of schedule, even if they’re surely hoping that he isn’t rushed back and risking a further injury.

Emery needs all the quality he can get on the field this year, after a season when both Holding and Hector Bellerin – both of whom form part of the first-choice back four – suffered serious injuries.

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