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Arsenal sign defender Rob Holding from Bolton

Arsenal have signed defender Rob Holding from Bolton Wanderers, adding another young talent to Arsene Wenger’s squad.

Holding who is 20 years old  has signed a “long-term” deal after moving for a fee reportedly worth around £2 million.

The England under-21 international becomes Arsenal’s third signing of the summer transfer window, subject to the completion of regulatory processes, joining Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka and Japan forward Takuma Asano.


Holding told the club’s official website: “It’s something you dream of as a kid — I can’t wait to get started.”

The centre-back, who came up through the Bolton youth ranks, was named the club’s player of the season last term but couldn’t prevent the team from being relegated from the Championship to League One.

Holding is unlikely to immediately challenge Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista at the Emirates, but could potentially form an all-English pairing with Chambers at centre-back in the future.

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