Arsenal ace Rob Holding to join Newcastle on season-long loan transfer this week despite Community Shield success

ARSENAL are reportedly set to send Rob Holding on loan to Newcastle despite the centre-back's strong display in the Community Shield.

Holding, 24, impressed in the Gunners' penalty shootout win over Premier League champions Liverpool.

Yet talkSPORT claim he will move on loan to Newcastle this week.

Mikel Arteta played a three-man central defence against Liverpool and is reportedly considering letting Sokratis Papastathopoulos go too.

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Kieran Tierney has been drafted in to the left-sided role of Arteta's central three with David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi also liked by the Arsenal boss.

The £27million signing of Gabriel Magalhaes is expected to be announced soon, with the Lille star likely to bag a first-choice spot.

And the defensive revamp has not stopped there, with Pablo Mari purchased for £7.2m despite hardly playing during his loan spell last season.

Arteta's options will be completed by French youngster William Saliba, who has returned from a loan with Saint-Etienne, and a fit-again Calum Chambers later this year.

Holding will find first-team minutes much easier to come by at St James' Park, with Newcastle short at centre-back.

The Magpies' failed takeover by a Saudi Arabian-led consortium has constrained their transfer business with just Jeff Hendrick arriving to improve the starting XI.

Also on the Newcastle radar is a move for Callum Wilson from recently relegated Bournemouth.

Steve Bruce's side start their Premier League campaign at West Ham on September 12, with Community Shield winners Arsenal kicking off the season at Fulham on lunchtime the same day.

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