Holding was compelled off within the first half of the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Wednesday after a problem from Marcus Rashford and was changed by Stephan Lichtsteiner.
And Arsenal’s official web site have confirmed that the Englishman’s marketing campaign is over following a severe knee harm, with the rehabilitation course of anticipated to take between six and 9 months.
“Additional to the harm sustained throughout our match at Manchester United on Wednesday night time, we are able to affirm that Rob Holding has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee,” a press release learn.
“Rob will bear surgical procedure to restore this within the coming days. The rehabilitation course of is anticipated to take between six to 9 months.
“Everybody on the membership will now be working as onerous as we are able to to make sure Rob is again on the pitch as quickly as attainable.
Arsenal host Huddersfield City on Saturday with simply two totally match senior centre-backs in Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Skhodran Mustafi, whereas Laurent Koscielny is on the verge of a well-timed first-team return. Kostantinos Mavropanos has additionally out been out injured with a groin pressure.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has taken to using three central defenders, and did so within the Gunners’ final three Premier League matches towards Bournemouth, Tottenham and Man Utd, however the absence of Holding for the whole lot of the season might even see him revert to the 4-2-3-1 utilised for the overwhelming majority of the marketing campaign to date.
Alternatively, he might choose to make use of Lichtsteiner because the right-sided centre-back – as was the case at Previous Trafford – to plug the hole till the likes of Koscielny, Mavropanos and Nacho Monreal return to supply extra appropriate choices.
Regardless of Arsenal’s latest kind – they’re on a 20-game unbeaten run in all competitions – defence has been a notable space of weak point this season. In truth, they’ve stored simply two Premier League clear sheets all season, in 2-Zero victories over Everton and Watford.
Because of this, Holding’s harm and the relative age of the returning Koscielny at 33, in addition to the erratic type of Mustafi and Sokratis to date might power Emery to dip into the switch market in January and search a substitute.
Nonetheless, if an acceptable choice can’t be discovered, Arsenal have Calum Chambers out on mortgage at Fulham and will merely look to recall him fairly than buying a brand new participant only for the sake of it.