Football news - Cruel blow for Arsenal as Rob Holding sidelined for up to nine months
Arsenal defender Rob Holding has ruptured his cruciate ligament and is expected to miss up to nine months as a result.
Holding suffered the injury during Wednesday night's 2-2 draw at Manchester United - with Arsenal immediately fearing the worst over their young defender.
"Further to the injury sustained during our match at Manchester United on Wednesday night, we can confirm that Rob Holding has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.
" Rob will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days. The rehabilitation process is expected to take between six to nine months. Everyone at the club will now be working as hard as we can to ensure Rob is back on the pitch as soon as possible."
Holding, 23, started the season on the bench for Arsenal but soon won over new manager Unai Emery.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal, including Rob HoldingGetty Images
He took advantage of an injury to Sokratis in a Premier League game against Everton in September to find a place in the team and has been a prominent presence in Arsenal's 20-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
There is speculation that Holding's injury will force Arsenal into the transfer market for a new centre-back in January but Laurent Koscielny is also moving closer to match fitness and could be an option shortly.
Arsenal have also lost Danny Welbeck to a long-term injury this season.