Rob Holding
Rob Holding

Rob Holding

Rob Holding Profile

Born September 20, 1995
Tameside, England
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 16
Previous Club(s) Bolton Wanderers, Bury (loan)
Arsenal Debut August 14, 2016

Versatile centre back Rob was Arsenal’s third signing of the 2016 summer transfer window when he joined from Bolton Wanderers. 

The defender joined his childhood club aged seven, and rose through the youth ranks before making his professional debut on loan at Bury aged 19, against Cambridge United. 
He made his Bolton debut a few months later against Burton in the League Cup, and soon cemented his place in the side with a string of impressive performances in the Championship. While he could not prevent Bolton from being relegated to League One, he was voted their Player of the Season. 
A reliable defender who is comfortable on the ball, Rob also earned himself a reputation for being a goalscorer during his time in Bolton’s academy and scored his first senior goal in January 2016 against MK Dons.  
Rob’s first senior season also saw him make his England Under-21 debut in the Toulon Tournament in May 2016, helping the Three Lions win the competition.

Rob Holding's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2016-2017 9 0 1 0 4 + 1 0 3 0 0 0 17 + 1 0
Total 9 0 1 0 4 + 1 0 3 0 0 0 17 + 1 0

My Year

  • 2016/17


Rob played all three matches in August, keeping a first clean sheet of the season away at Leicester City. Speaking after the 0-0 draw at the King Power Stadium, Holding said: “That is what you want - a clean sheet after conceding four goals last week. It was vital to get that clean sheet and solidify the defence, so we did that.”


Rob played the full 90 minutes of our 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup third round.


Rob played the entirety of our 2-0 win over Reading in the EFL Cup fourth round.


Rob played the entirety of our 2-0 loss to Southampton in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.


Rob did not feature during December.


Rob played in both of our FA Cup wins in January.


Rob played the entirety of our 2-0 win over Sutton United in the Emirates FA Cup.


Rob did not play in March.