Arsenal defender Rob Holding has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the club
The defender was substituted after a collision with Marcus Rashford during the first half of the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Wednesday evening.
Arsenal supporters on Twitter wished Holding well with his recovery:
A real shame.
— Adam (#OnMeHeadSonCVSC) 🧠 (@OnMeHeadSonCVSC) 7 December 2018
This sad!!! He has been solid for us. Am heart broken
— Emeuze Shedrack (@emeuzesheddy) 7 December 2018
Wishing @RobHolding95 a speedy recovery. Come back stronger lad.
— Bernard the Gooner (@bernard_gooner) 7 December 2018
Rob Holding, get well as fast as possible.. Stay Strong
— Akhìl Mòhàn (@AkhilAFC) 7 December 2018
— ∞ (@TheFalseNein) 7 December 2018
All the best @RobHolding95 wishing you a speedy recovery
— Guillermo Brito (@superloco10) 7 December 2018
We HAVE to sign a CB in January now
— TorreiraTime (@TimeTorreira) 7 December 2018
This is bad. I pray he gets well soon.
— Charles and 7 others (@goonersky) 7 December 2018
Come back stronger @RobHolding95💪
— Rani🇩🇪⛄ (@diemannschaft_) 7 December 2018
Devastated for u wen u were playing so well, good luck with the recovery & come back stronger ❤❤ we r stronger together
— orla conaghan (@orlacon0) 7 December 2018
Most improved player this season 🙁
— Rynn☃️ (@RobbedHolding) 7 December 2018
The centre-back will have surgery in the coming days, and he is predicted to be out for between six and nine months.
Holding has been one of Unai Emery’s top performers at the back this campaign, having started the last nine games in the Premier League as well as being a regular starter in the Europa League.
The 23-year-old has been impressive playing in a three-man defence and has outshone more experienced players like Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi who have been playing alongside him.
Holding was signed from Bolton for just £2m in July 2016, and while he spent most of the first two seasons struggling for game time, he has begun to show his true potential this campaign. However, he will now spend a number of months on the sidelines with a long rehabilitation period ahead of him.