Rob Holding is edging closer to a long-awaited return to the Arsenal first-team after recovering from a serious knee injury he sustained last December.

The 23-year-old damaged his cruciate ligament against Manchester United at the end of 2018 and hasn’t been seen in Unai Emery’s squad since.

Holding has been turning out for the club’s Under-23 side in recent weeks as he looks to build up match sharpness, and he appears to be in line for a return to the matchday squad before the end of the month.

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And now, Arsenal women’s star Jordan Nobbs has recently spoken out on the time she has spent with Holding, with the pair both suffering similar injuries over the past 12 months.

Talking to the media, cited by AFTV Media, Nobbs heaped praise on Holding, revealing the pair also completed their coaching licenses together.

Me and Rob did our coaching licenses together, so when we did our knees a few weeks apart, it was incredible luck.

We were in the gym a lot and he’s been a massive part of my rehab. He’s one of the most positive, smiley people I’ve ever met.

And these Arsenal fans were quick to reply to the comments on social media, with many excited after hearing that the defender has completed his coaching license.

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It’s great to see that Holding has completed his coaching license at such a young age, proving his leadership qualities.

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He may well turn out to be an influential member of Emery’s defence for the remainder of the season and beyond, and if he can keep fit and consistently perform, he may well have a chance of earning the captain’s armband down the line.

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