After Joe Willock’s incredible spell at Newcastle United, the Magpies are rumoured to be interested in signing another Arsenal youngster in William Saliba on loan for the whole of next season.
The Daily Mail revealed recently that Newcastle boss Steve Bruce wants him as a part of his backline next term, while The Chronicle claimed that the Magpies have been monitoring his unhappy situation at Arsenal for 18 months now.
Saliba joined Arsenal as an 18-year-old for a staggering £27 million in 2019. (Goal) He was loaned back to Saint-Etienne immediately and many felt that he would become a regular at the Emirates when he returned at the start of last season.
However, Mikel Arteta had other ideas. The Arsenal boss didn’t believe that the young Frenchman was ready for the Premier League. He kept him away from his side in the first half of last season before shipping him out on loan.
After a sensational few months in France, Saliba will return to Arsenal, but his future’s still up in the air. Fans are desperate to see him in action at the Emirates, but if a latest report is to be believed, Arteta won’t stand in his way if another loan opportunity arises.
Arteta open to loaning Saliba to Newcastle
The Chronicle have revealed that Arteta will not stand in Saliba’s way if Bruce comes in with a loan offer. It is also claimed that the young defender is open to an escape from the Emirates in search of regular football – something that the Magpies can surely offer.
Arsenal fans will be fuming if this happens. Saliba was one of Ligue 1’s best defenders since the turn of the year. He was Nice’s standout player over the last few months, which is really impressive considering he’s still only a kid.
He really does deserve a chance at Arsenal, but our lack of European football complicates things. The Gunners will mostly play once every week next season, and that limits potential opportunities for Saliba.
It makes no sense to keep him on the bench all season, which is probably why Arteta is open to loaning him out to a Premier League club. Newcastle have helped Willock progress massively over the last few months and if they are keen, sending Saliba their way for a year might not be such a bad idea after all.