Arsenal has announced the signing of Rob Holding from Bolton Wanderers last Friday. Holding, a promising 20-year-old who was Bolton’s Player of the Year and a member of the England Under-21 team that won the Toulon Tournament earlier this summer, joins the Gunners on a long-term contract for the bargain price of just over $2.5 million. Despite Bolton being relegated to the third tier of English soccer, Holding enjoyed a standout debut senior season and drew interest from a number of other Premier League clubs, including Bournemouth.
Bayern Munich are currently stateside as part of the International Champions Cup. On Wednesday evening, they took on Milan at Chicago’s Solider Field, on Saturday they face the other San Siro resident Inter in Charlotte, and on Aug. 3 they head to the Meadowlands to battle with European champions Real Madrid. As they prepared to take the field in Chicago, FC Yahoo spent time with Bayern stars Javi Martinez and Thiago Alcantara.