Date: 15th May 2019 at 6:51am
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Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has named the centre-back who can solve Arsenal’s defensive woes next season, and who won’t even cost a penny.

The Gunners conceded 51 goals in their 38 Premier League matches this season and 11 in their last five which ultimately stopped their chances of a top four finish.

Shkodran Mustafi, in particular, has come under scrutiny for his performances and the German is one of a number of defensive players who could be out the door this summer.

Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi could be one of many out the door this summer

However, Winterburn says that a forgotten player already at the club could be the answer that Emery is looking for.

Speaking on Love Sport Radio (via, he said: “I’d like to see a pacy attacking wide player come to the club, potentially another midfield player and there is a lot being said about the need to restrengthen in defence.

“But I think Unai Emery may be looking at the likes of Rob Holding, who had a fantastic six months and then picked up a serious knee injury.

Holding has been out of action since December

“He was coming through and looking very, very consistent. It’s just a case of where Unai Emery feels he needs to strengthen.”

Holding will not be fit in time to assist Arsenal in their Europa League final clash with Chelsea (May 29). A win for the Gunners will see them qualify for next year’s Champions League group stage.