Arsenal are set to send Rob Holding out on loan when the January transfer window reopens, according to The Mirror.
The defender only joined the club in the summer from Bolton Wanderers but Arsene Wenger is keen for him to gain regular football.
The 21-year-old has made seven appearances for the Gunners this season, but just three in the Premier League, but could now spend the rest of the season away from north London.
The report claims there has been plenty of interest from Championship sides in the defender as well as some teams nearer the bottom of the Premier League.
Holding’s chances of first-team football look slim at Arsenal this season with Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny Wenger’s first choice options with Gabriel and an almost fit again Per Mertesacker as back-up.
The former Bolton man was surprisingly thrust into the action on the opening day defeat to Liverpool, due to injury problems, and also started the subsequent games against Leicester and Watford but has not featured in the Premier League since.
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Holding therefore seems set to join the likes of Jack Wilshere, Joel Campbell and Calum Chambers by heading out on loan in an attempt to gain more experience.
It certainly seems to make sense to send Holding out on loan, Mustafi is due back in the New Year meaning the youngster will likely see little game should the Germany international and Koscielny stay fit for the rest of the season.