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Arsenal defender transfer listed after being excluded from Mikel Arteta’s plans

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William Saliba of Arsenal will be plotting a January exit.

Arsenal defender, William Saliba, reportedly has no chance of breaking into Mikel Arteta’s first-team plans and is likely to leave the club on loan next month.

The 19-year-old joined the North London club from Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2019 for a reported price of 27 million pounds deal and immediately re-joined the French side on a season’s loan. He could only play seventeen times last season due to injuries he suffered from time to time.

According to Eurosport, the Frenchman is unlikely to feature regularly for Arsenal under Arteta who signed Gabriel Magalhaes from LOSC Lille in a reported 30 million pound deal and could be sent on loan in order to further develop his game.

It was believed that Saliba would be in contention to start for the Gunners this season, former manager Unai Emery had high hopes for him but his successor feels the young defender still needs a ‘transition year’ to get him to the required level.

The center-back was signed by former Arsenal boss, Emery and it was hoped that remaining in France on loan would give Saliba more time to develop his craft, but the opinion of those in charge at the Emirates is that he is not yet ready to play in the Premier League.

Since Mikel Arteta took charge, he has further added the likes of Pablo Mari and Gabriel which has pushed the 19-year-old further down the pecking order.

His troubles were further increased when he was sent off earlier this week playing for the Arsenal under-21s.

He is yet to make his first-team debut for the club and It is believed the club are open to offers for the Frenchman to go out on loan with a decision expected to be made soon. Arteta however did offer the youngster some hope of breaking through at Arsenal in the future. On the subject of when fans could expect to see Saliba in the first team the Gunners boss replied:

Whenever we have the spaces and we believe that he’s ready to play with us. To be fair, he’s made massive improvements in the last few months and it’s been a really tricky situation for him. Now we’ve made some steps forwards, he’s working really hard and played for the under-21s again.”

With the likes of Sokratis and Mustafi out of contract next season and Saliba unable to force his way through into the first team, Arsenal might be forced into buying another center-back this season. The Gunners are struggling on the pitch at the moment, sitting 15th in the Premier League, with just four wins from 11 games. Arteta’s side will be desperate for a win when they face struggling Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

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