Arsenal talent William Saliba has headed out of the Emirates Stadium to sign for Nice on loan.
According to the club’s official website, the talented performer is set to join the Ligue 1 outfit until the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
Saliba checked in during the summer of 2019 for £27 million and was immediately loaned back to Saint-Etienne.
He made 36 appearances for the French outfit and last season helped them to reach the Coupe De France Final.
Some supporters remain disgruntled that he hasn’t been given a chance to shine during the current campaign.
Gabriel’s arrival from Lille and the form of Rob Holding has seen him out of the picture at the Emirates Stadium.
Pablo Mari, David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi are all also ahead of him in the pecking order.
Following the news that he has gone out on loan, supporters have taken to Twitter to discuss his temporary departure.
Saliba earns £40,000-a-week at Arsenal and it does seem a decent move for him to go on loan.
The hope will be that he returns in a better position to challenge for a place ahead of next season.
Here is what supporters are saying about Saliba’s move.
I don't think he will come back to us, unfortunately. What a waste.
— Carole J (@CShelemay) January 4, 2021
I am curious. If playing for AS Saint-Étienne did not get him "ready" for the English Premier League, then how is playing for OGC Nice going to accomplish that? The sheer incompetency of the club hierarchy is astounding.
— Gūlwade (@BoqorkaSomaliya) January 4, 2021
I’m pleased they’re not looking to ditch him. A CB is probably the slowest role to mature in, he appeared to have plenty of promise. I’d like to see him given a chance. All you can do is trust Arteta to do right by him and in time we shall see. Good luck to him on his loan
— Chris Read (@CJRead82) January 4, 2021
Strange decision to let him go to France?
Surely an English team was the best option to help acclimatise?
Feels like he & his agent have won out here.
— JJ B (@JJBergkamp10) January 4, 2021
A real shame he couldn’t have been part of the Europa League squad like some of the other junior players. Then weave him into the premier league just as he has done with others ESR, Willock etc…
— Richard Smith (@Richsmith77) January 4, 2021
Not sure why he wasn't used this season but going to Nice will be good for him. Hopefully he comes back stronger next season.
— Gift of A Gunner (@giftofagunner) January 4, 2021