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Report suggests William Saliba could still have Arsenal future, despite Marseille loan

Arsenal defender William Saliba could yet have a future with the club despite another upcoming loan move, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein.

The Gunners defender is set to complete a loan move to Marseille, per the report from The Athletic. It marks a third spell in as many years for Saliba, who is yet to make an impact since his £27 move to England.

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But while Arsenal fans are fearing the worst with Saliba, it is claimed that the Frenchman is very much in the club’s plans.

Despite Arsenal making a move for Ben White, Ornstein claims in his report that Saliba is a long-term plan for the Gunners.


Although there is external confusion as to why Saliba has still not made a competitive appearance for Arsenal, his contract runs until 2024. He remains a part of the club’s long-term thinking.

It should be stated that Saliba was acquired during a previous management and executive regime,” Ornstein wrote in his report.

Saliba was sent out on loan last season and impressed in Nice. However, he doesn’t quite seem to be in Mikel Arteta’s immediate thinking.

The young defender has been courted by many this summer, including the likes of Lille and Newcastle.

One for the future?

It’s easy to forget that Saliba is still a very young man. He is only 20, and while he has potential, he also has time. That time will be crucial, too.

Another season on loan won’t hurt him. Especially if he does move to a club the size of Marseille.

There’s a real chance that Saliba works out in the long-term. He just needs to keep proving himself. Only then, it seems, will Arsenal thrust him into their first-team.

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