Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Rob Holding was excluded from the matchday squad to face Manchester City due to a hamstring problem.
The centre-back was initially picked in the starting lineup to face the Cityzens, but he pulled up in the warm-up after feeling tightness in his hamstring.
As a result, David Luiz took his position on the right side of the back three and he produced a solid performance despite the club’s 1-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
Speaking after the game, Arteta said that he is unsure over the extent of Holding’s injury, he was quoted as saying by Arsenal.com: “We don’t know [how bad it is].
“But it was bad enough to make the decision to get Rob out of the game and to get David in. David was really focused, he came on and I think he had a really good game.”