‘He’s a young and promising defender’

Arsene Wenger says it is rare to find “young and promising” centre backs like Rob Holding in modern football.

The England Under-21 defender became Arsenal’s third signing of the summer when he joined from Bolton Wanderers, and the boss said he could not turn down the chance to bring in such an exciting young talent.

“[We chose to take him from Bolton] because of his quality,” the manager said before travelling to the United States.

“He’s a young, promising centre back. You don’t find centre backs that often and we can educate them when they’re at that age. We can give them all the ingredients we think are important.

“Krystian Bielik is developing well now and he can also be used as a central midfielder, so overall it’s an opportunity I wanted to take because that’s a difficult position to find nowadays.”


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