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Rob Holding’s injury has left Arsenal facing up to some big decisions as the January transfer window approaches.
The young English centre-back was in fine form, but it has now been confirmed that he will be out for between six to nine months having ruptured the cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Holding’s injury means he will not play again this season and it leaves Unai Emery short of centreback options as we approach the half way point of his first campaign in north London.
With Laurent Koscielny and Konstantinos Mavropanos yet to play this season due to injury, that leaves Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis as the only fit senior centre backs currently available to Unai Emery.
So what options does Arsenal’s head coach have when it comes to replacing Holding? We take a look.
Stick with what he has
As disappointing as Holding’s injury is, it could be that Arsenal decide that they have enough to cope until the end of the season.
Laurent Koscielny may not have played for the first-team since rupturing his Achilles in May, but he has made two appearances for the Under-23s in recent weeks and is expected to play some part against Qarabag in the Europa League.
Laurent Koscielny (Image: Alex Burstow/Getty Images)
And Konstantinos Mavropanos is also closing in on a return having not played all season due to a groin problem. The young Greek defender is due to return to training in the next fortnight so could be