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Report: Southampton and six other clubs want 'amazing' Arsenal ace on loan

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According to Foot Mercato, Arsenal defender William Saliba is now wanted by as many as seven different clubs on loan, including Premier League sides Southampton and Newcastle United.

The young Frenchman’s future has been a hot topic of discussion in and around the Emirates over the last few days. After a sensational loan spell at Nice, almost everyone felt that Mikel Arteta would give Saliba a chance at Arsenal, but that may not be the case anymore.

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Football London revealed earlier this week that Saliba is assessing his options and there’s a good chance that he could be sold by Arsenal before this transfer window ends.

That shocked Arsenal fans, but the new report claims that we are only looking for another loan deal. That’s still frustrating for Gooners, but it’s understandable as it looks like we’ll be bringing in Ben White from Brighton. (Read here)

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Saliba, labelled as ‘amazing’ by ex-Gunner Bacary Sagna, will not be short of offers this summer. The report claims that the Frenchman’s availability has alerted multiple clubs in Europe, including last season’s French champions.

Lille, Marseille, Nice, Stade Rennais, Bayer Leverkusen and Premier League sides Newcastle United and Southampton are all keen to sign the young Frenchman on loan, and it is claimed that Arsenal will decide what’s best for him in the coming days.

Arsenal should send Saliba on loan to a PL club

Mikel Arteta’s biggest concern about Saliba is that he isn’t ready to play in the Premier League. What better way to test that than to send him out on loan to an English club, where he will get regular chances.

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Joe Willock became an absolute star for Newcastle United in the second half of last season. Steve Bruce has his critics at Tyneside, but he has shown that he will give young players a chance, and Saliba could thrive under him.

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Southampton aren’t a bad shout either. Ralph Hasenhuttl has a fantastic history of nurturing young talents, and he could help Saliba become a top-quality Premier League defender if Arsenal send him on loan there.

Multiple other English clubs could also join the race to sign Saliba on loan, so, Arsenal will not be short of options. As fans, we’d rather he stayed at the Emirates, but if we really have to send him out on loan, it has to be to a Premier League club.

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