William Saliba: Arsenal defender to join Nice on loan until the end of the season

Arsenal defender William Saliba is ready to join Nice on loan until the end of the season.

The Ligue 1 membership won’t have an choice to make the transfer everlasting as the Gunners see the 19-year-old as an element of their long-term plans.

Saliba joined Arsenal from Saint-Etienne for round £27m in July 2019 however remained on loan at the French facet for the 2019/20 season.

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He was set to return to Saint-Etienne for the present marketing campaign in October however a deal failed to materialise, with the French facet accusing Arsenal of reneging on an settlement on Deadline Day.

Saliba stayed with the Gunners, however he’s but to make his first look for the membership and was neglected of their squad for the Europa League group levels.

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Arsenal hope Saliba’s return to France will present him with some precious expertise earlier than competing for a first-team place subsequent season.

In November, Arteta mentioned of Saliba: “I’m fed up with the scenario as a result of, as you would see, we tried to discover a approach in the previous few days to give him some soccer.

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“I explained that he needed that transition year when we decided to buy him and send him on loan to Saint-Etienne. For many reasons, that didn’t happen – he didn’t have that transition year and he needs to go through that.

“At the second, with the quantity of central defenders we have now in the workforce, we had to depart him out of the squad, which is painful. Now we have now some accidents and we may have used him however that is half of the occupation.”

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