Journalist delivers update on Arsenal’s ‘plan’ for £27m talent


Arsenal will reportedly make a decision on the future of William Saliba when the defender returns from Olympique Marseille.

Football London journalist Chris Wheatley posted on a live blog that the centre-back will be back in north London in 2022. Saliba departed Arsenal on loan for a third time this summer as the youngster signed for Marseille for the season.

With Ben White joining the Gunners for a reported fee of £50m, Saliba was unlikely to play much first-team football with Arsenal this season. Rob Holding also signed a new long-term contract last year.

Indeed, his future with the club is in the air. And according to Chris Wheatley, a decision will be made on Saliba next summer when the centre-back returns to Arsenal.

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The Football London reporter said: “The plan would be for him to come back to Arsenal next summer and a decision will be made on whether he’s offered a new contract or not. Expecting talks to begin towards the end of his loan spell at Marseille.”

With Saliba impressing with Marseille so far this season, supporters are eager to see the defender make an appearance for Arsenal.

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Since joining in 2019, the former Saint-Etienne star has not played a single minute of football with the Gunners. However, a decision could be made based on how Arsenal’s current centre-backs perform this season.

If White and Gabriel Magalhaes form a solid foundation, with Mikel Arteta eager to play 4-3-3, Saliba, who cost £27m according to BBC Sport, could be allowed to leave the Emirates.

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