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Opinion: Letting 'boss of defence' leave Arsenal would be a terrible decision from Arteta

Reports are claiming that Mikel Arteta could allow Arsenal defender William Saliba to leave on loan.

According to The Chronicle, the Spaniard won’t stand in the Frenchman’s way if a loan bid came in for the player.

It seems the rift between the two is yet to heal. Reports back in November 2020 claimed that the pair had become fed up with the star’s situation.

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As a result, Newcastle United have been monitoring the ace’s unhappy situation for 18 months now. The Geordies are keen on signing Saliba amid a desire to improve their defence.

The 20-year-old is yet to make a first-team appearance for the club since his £25m move from Saint-Etienne.

He spent the second half of last season on loan at Nice, where he proved successful. Saliba was nominated for the Ligue 1 centre-back of the year award.

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After a topsy-turvy start to life in north London, you’d hope Saliba can settle down.

His performances for Nice are a sign of his immense quality and the reason why Arsenal signed him. As well as his end of season nomination, the centre-half won Nice’s player of the month award in January.

No Nice defender made more clearances or was dribbled past fewer times than Saliba.

The Gunners are also short at the back and need some reinforcements. David Luiz is set to depart at the end of this month, leaving a gaping hole at the back.

Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Pablo Mari and the youth international are the only options at the club.

Loaning out the Frenchman would leave the club dangerously short at the back. And after his performances for Nice last year, would be an awful decision from Arteta.

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