Saliba arrives in France for medical ahead of January move

William Saliba is set to undergo a medical with Nice this morning ahead of a loan move from Arsenal.

The 19 year-old was signed by the Gunners 18 months ago, with a 12-month stay with former club St Etienne agreed as part of the deal, and was expected to join up with the senior squad this term.

Mikel Arteta has had other ideas however, despite the youngster joining up with the squad early after French football was cut short in March, but the Premier League restarted in June after a delay.

The Spaniard has overlooked the defender completely this season however, failing to register him for his Premier League or Europa League squads, before again overlooking him in cup competitions, and he now looks set to leave the club on loan.

Nice Matin (via CaughtOffside) state that Saliba will arrive this morning to complete a medical ahead of loan move until the end of the campaign, with the deal excluding any option to buy.

Gunners fans will be relieved that the future star has not been sold, although many have been eagerly waiting for months to see him don the famous Red & White of Arsenal.

Hopefully Saliba will once again show his true talents during his return to Ligue 1, and maybe he will come back for the new season in the manager’s plans.


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  1. No clause in contract to buy. Looks like Mikel just wants him to play regularly and get up to speed, same with Mavraponas. Injuries have hampered these two young defenders but they have qualities that we need once Luiz, Mustafi & Papa all leave between now and the summer.

    Kolasnic is gone already and will be sold come the summer aswell as Mesut walking away gonna free so spaces are going to be freed up.

    Get rid of all the players not cutting it for us and move on to the restart with the youngsters who in 3 games have shown what needs to be done in the league. Big boys can play in cup games or Europa until were out or better win either of the competitions.

    Bring Matteo back and let Elneny, Torreira & Xhaka go to raise funds to purchase another midfielder. Maybe keep Xhaka but only for bench appearances. Laca in his last year too come the summer, I’d extend it for more 2seasons.

    Alot of work to be done behind the scenes.

  2. Leaving my personal views on Saliba completely aside, as they have no bearing whatsoever on what will happen, I give my prediction for what I think WILL HAPPEN.

    Based purely on what has happened so far and my own reading of events, I think it highly unlikely that Saliba will ever want to come back to Arsenal and therefore will almost certainly never wear our shirt again, save only for a possible injury crisis and while he is eventually being sold on elsewhere. I of course realise that he remains on our books and will eventually be sold on but I JUST THINK IT IS EXTREMELY UNLIKELY that he will ever become a regular player for us.

    As to whether that is helpful or harmful to our club, I personally have no idea and am honest enough to say that. I amhappy to leave that decision to the manager in charge, whom I support wholeheartedly in whatever he decides.

    If I am wrong and he does come back and play for us, then that will be because the manager and player thinks it the right decision and I WILL OF COURSE SUPPORT THAT.

    As a true SUPPORTER who believes in SUPPORTING , I will only be doing what real SUPPORTERS have always done and backed our club.

  3. Luis and Mustafi will go at the end of the season and then Afc will have Gabriel,Pablo,Rob Holding and Saliba back we play a lot of games and Saliba will get his chance then.

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