Arsenal are set for a number of departures this summer, both permanent and loan deals, as they try to garner enough funds for a proper rebuild this summer.
One of those potential deals is William Saliba who Arsenal have made available for loan.
The club’s preference had been a Premier League loan, however the player wanted another year in France.
Marseille have been leading that race, but until now had struggled to reach an agreement with Arsenal. Arsenal wanted a straight loan with no option to buy, but Marseille wanted the option to make the deal permanent.
Now, David Ornstein has reported that Marseille has finally succumbed to Arsenal’s demands and will take Saliba for just one year. It is thought that he is still a part of Arsenal’s future plans, and Arsenal want him back at the end of the coming season.
It is one of those situations where Arteta probably thinks he isn’t quite good enough yet to be relied on the week in week out for Arsenal, yet he is too good to just sit on our bench. Another full year of football could be exactly what he needs. My only disappointment with the deal is that he has chosen not to go to a Premier League club, which no doubt would be tougher for him, but would do far more for his personal development.
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