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Per Mertesacker Backs Rob Holding to Make a Major Impact on his Return From Injury

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Arsenal defender Rob Holding has been backed by former captain Per Mertesacker to boost the club's back line when he makes his long-awaited return from injury.

However, he is set to make his comeback in the coming weeks, and Mertesacker believes that Holding has learned from the setback, and expects the defender to progress once he has got over his initial doubts following a nine month lay-off.

However, Emery now looks set to persevere with a back four, and has opted for Sokratis  David Luiz  as his centre back pairing for the last three  Premier League This means that Holding will have to displace one of these two experienced defenders if he is to force his way back into the side.

But slowly, when you make your first steps on the ground, you feel the ligament is working, you make steps running, do tackling, you grow", Mertesacker told  The Athletic The World Cup winner also believes that Holding now realises that he has to do more off the pitch to ensure that he is in his best condition for games moving forwards.

Although Mertesacker is optimistic for Holding's return, it is understood that the former Bolton defender will face a fight to regain his place in the starting line-up.

The 23-year-old suffered a serious knee injury last December against Manchester United, and has not played since.

Then he can really trust his body", Mertesacker added.
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