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Arsenal dealt blow as Holding is ruled out for the season

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Arsenal defender Rob Holding to set to miss the rest of the season after the club announced he has sustained cruciate ligament damage.

The worst was feared after Holding suffered the injury during the first half of Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford and has now been confirmed.

A statement on arsenal.com read: "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 began his career with Bolton before joining Arsenal as a 20-year-old in 2016. He has been a consistent member of the Gunners' back four under Unai Emery this season, starting 15 games.

The defender wrote on Twitter: "Just want to say a big thank you to all the fans, players and staff members for the support during the past couple of days. Gutted to get injured during a strong period for the team!"

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Arsenal to warn players over 'laughing gas' use after video emerges

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Arsenal say they will "remind players of their responsibilities" after a video emerged which appears to show a number of Gunners stars inhaling nitrous oxide.

Stars including Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi feature in the footage, which appears to come from nightclub CCTV footage and was published by The Sun.

In a statement Arsenal said: "The players will be spoken to about this and reminded of their responsibilities as representatives of the club."

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas or 'hippy crack', is freely available, but it is technically illegal to sell it for recreational purposes.

In the video, which reportedly comes from a London venue shortly before the start of the current season, other Gunners players including Henrik Mkhitaryan can be seen rejecting the offer to use the gas.

The footage is the latest in a series of incidents of top players being linked with nitrous oxide, with Raheem Sterling being warned by Liverpool after footage emerged of him using the substance in 2015.

In the same year, Jack Grealish was warned by the then Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood after pictures emerged of him appearing to inhale the gas, and Saido Berahino was reprimanded by West Brom for a similar incident in 2014.

When an image was posted of Kyle Walker in 2013, he apologised on Twitter, writing: "I won't be doing this again and hope that no one else is influenced into putting their health at risk by my actions."

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