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Report: Mikel Arteta won't stand in way of £40k-a-week Arsenal man's exit

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is once again open to letting William Saliba leave this summer, according to a report from The Chronicle.

In the last few days, the Daily Mail has reported how Newcastle have an interest in bringing Saliba to St James’ Park. They claim that Steve Bruce wants the Gunners starlet instead of signing Kris Ajer from Celtic.

But moving that story on a bit, the Chronicle now claim that Newcastle have been watching Saliba for around 18 months. Further, they also state that Mikel Arteta won’t stand in the way of another loan move.

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Saliba is due to arrive back with the Gunners this summer. The £27m man has yet to make an impression on Arteta, despite impressing for Nice last season.

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Arteta allowed Saliba to leave last summer, too. Back then, the young Frenchman was being tipped to make the first-team. But the Gunners manager had other ideas, instead sending the 20-year-old back to France.

Newcastle will no doubt be buoyed by this latest report. The club faces a big summer ahead. Steve Bruce’s men finished the season very well, thanks to the help of another young Gunner, Joe Willock.

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That’s just the general feeling you get. If the Arsenal boss was so impressed with Saliba, he’d have played him by now.

The fact he remains open to seeing him leave, suggests that Saliba is either not impressing, or Arteta does not fancy him. Either way, it’s not ideal for the young defender.

Newcastle will be hoping this plays into their hands. They’d be able to give the young Gunner plenty of game time. It might also help them land Joe Willock, with Steve Bruce desperate to bring him to St James’ again.

For Saliba, you get the feeling his immediate future – once again – lies away from The Emirates.

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