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Arsenals Rob Holding could make long-awaited return from injury against Eintracht Frankfurt

Rob Holding has returned to fitness (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal centre-back Rob Holding is ready to make his return from injury and could feature in the Europa League trip to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night.

The 23-year-old has been out of action since December when he suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a Premier League clash with Manchester United.

It was a big loss for the Gunners and a huge disappointment for the young defender, who was establishing himself as a regular in the first team and had made 16 appearances in all competitions to that point in the season.

The Daily Mail reports that Holdings injury nightmare is now at an end and he will declare himself fit for the clash with the German side this Thursday.

Whether Arsenal boss Unai Emery will throw the Englishman straight back into the first team is yet to be seen, but he will be glad of having another option at centre-back again.

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Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz have been the central defensive partnership for Arsenals last four Premier League games and they have not kept a clean sheet in any of them.

Both the Greek and the Brazilian were at fault for Watford goals in the 2-2 draw with the Hornets on Sunday and Holding will be hopeful of replacing one of them in the near future.

The former Bolton player has made three appearances for the Arsenal under-23s so far this season and is ready to make the step back up to first team action.

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Also vying for a place in the team in central defence is Shkodran Mustafi, despite seemingly falling a long way down the pecking order after a string of shaky performances last season.

Emery does not look likely to pick the German any time soon, but he has insisted that he remains part of his plans after he chose to stay at the club over the summer.

Mustafi decided to be here and when he did, for me, he is another player like the others in the team, said Emery.

Shkodran Mustafi
Shkodran Mustafi is still competing for a place in the Arsenal team (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Of course I respect his decision and, when he decided, I spoke with him and said “for me you are in the squad and I am going to work with youRead More – Source

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