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Villa eye ‘brilliant’ Arsenal player that Chambers said is ‘great to play alongside’

Aston Villa are reportedly interested in Arsenal defender Rob Holding as a potential replacement for Diego Carlos after his ankle injury – and Calum Chambers…

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Aston Villa are reportedly interested in Arsenal defender Rob Holding as a potential replacement for Diego Carlos after his ankle injury – and Calum Chambers is a big fan, having played alongside Holding during his time at Arsenal.

Carlos has been ruled out for as long as nine months after rupturing ligaments in his ankle. A real blow to Villa, who had just paid Spanish giants Sevilla big money to sign the Brazilian defender. Villa now want to sign a replacement.

Reports this week claim that Juventus man Daniele Rugani is a target. But the latest claim is that free agent Jason Denayer, and Arsenal’s Holding, have been added to their shortlist of options to replace the colossal Carlos.

Back in 2016, now-Villa defender Chambers – who will be tasked with covering Carlos in the meantime – raved about Holding. He gave his verdict in quotes published by Tribuna, saying Holding is “great to play alongside”.

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“I thought he was brilliant,” Chambers said, after playing against an MLS All-Star Team in pre-season. “He’s a great player both defensively and on the ball. He’s got composure, he’s great to play alongside.”

Villa interested in Holding: Chambers a big fan

Holding would be a very astute signing by Villa. He is not first choice at Arsenal and the return of William Saliba from a loan at Marseille has pushed the ex-Bolton defender further down the pecking order at The Emirates.

He is proven in the Premier League, and easily good enough for a club like Villa. Bringing in Holding would also give Chambers a player to play alongside he recognises and understands. That is, if he starts above Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings.

Unlikely to cost a big transfer fee, Holding could even potentially be available on loan. Villa would be making a really smart purchase with the addition of Holding.

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