In Pictures: Arsenal’s two new signings first training session makes Wenger smile

Sankha Ghosh / 24 July 2016

Rob Holding and Granit Xhaka took part in their first training sessions since joining Arsenal this summer.arsenal10Xhaka is being touted as a future Arsenal captain
arsenal9Wenger was impressed with Holding in the Championship.

20-year-old defender Holding, who signed a lucrative deal on Friday, arrived in north London after making only 26 appearances for Bolton Wanderers in the Championship.arsenal8Holding could combine with Hector Bellerin in defence for the Gunners this term.

Despite Bolton being relegated to League One, the centre-back displayed some impressive performances to convince Wenger and joined the Gunners on a long-term contract ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.arsenal7Xhaka comes with a huge reputation from the Bundesliga.
Holding is not expected to command a starting spot in Arsene Wenger’s starting team and his signing has caught many fans off-guard. He will wear Aaron Ramsey’s old No.16 shirt, the club has confirmed.arsenal6Steve Bould gave the new signing some words of wisdom.
Meanwhile, former Borussia Monchengladbach captain Xhaka, 23, was signed for Arsenal for a fee of around £30million at the end of May.arsenal4Holding is raring to go ahead of the new season.
Despite the fact that Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky, and Mathieu Flamini will depart this summer, the Switzerland international will make Arsenal’s central midfield even more crowded next season, with six players essentially fighting for two spots.arsenal3Wilshere and Cazorla looked in good spirits after long-term injuries last season.
With Jack Wilshere already having made it clear that he doesn’t like playing out wide, and the No. 10 spot occupied by Mesut Ozil, it is difficult to see how Wenger will keep everyone happy.arsenal1Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla also made a return to training.
Wenger has traditionally played with one pure holding midfielder – Francis Coquelin, Flamini or Mohamed Elneny last season – and one box-to-box player with freedom to roam forward, usually Santi Cazorla or Aaron Ramsey.arsenal5

Holding was closely watched by Wenger.

Xhaka can play either of those roles, giving Wenger added options for how to balance his team against different opponents.

Both of them seemed quite sharp in training and are expected to be fully fit for the start of the season where Arsene Wenger’s boys face Liverpool and Leicester City in their two opening games.