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TBR View: Celtic loan could be perfect for Arsenal talent William Saliba

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TBR View: Celtic loan could be perfect for Arsenal talent William Saliba

Wiliam Saliba has struggled to make an immediate impact at Arsenal and fans are getting slightly concerned over his long-term future at the club. 

The Frenchman was signed from Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2019 for a reported (Football.London) £27 million fee but was immediately loaned back to the French side for the duration of last season.

It seemed this season he would be getting his chance in the Arsenal first-team but Mikel Arteta is, clearly, not yet convinced. 

So a loan move would clearly be his best option in January but rather than a return to France, Saliba needs to start picking up the sensibilities of the British game and there is one place where they tend to craft fairly decent defenders. 

 

Celtic would be an ideal destination for the Frenchman, especially at present. 

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The Bhoys are lacking at the back and Saliba has the perfect blend of skills to thrive in a Celtic defence. 

Celtic spend much of their time in Scottish football in possession of the football, something the young Arsenal defender loves to do. 

But he is also quick and strong in the air, so would have no qualms dealing with the more physical nature of Scottish football, especially once settled in. 

He shares many qualities with a former Celtic centre-back, Virgil van Dijk, and his time in Scotland helped him become one of the best, if not the best, centre-back in the world. 

Arsenal have a fairly decent rapport with Celtic, having done business over Kieran Tierney in the same summer they lured Saliba to Celtic. 

An 18-month loan spell in Scotland could be the perfect way to shape the 19-year-old into a Premier League central defender and, perhaps even, Arsenal’s very own VVD.

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