Arsenal send William Saliba out on loan AGAIN as £27m defender joins Marseille until the end of the season… as Frenchman’s wait for Gunners debut goes on TWO years after arrival
- William Saliba will return to France to spend 2021-22 season on loan at Marseille
- The 20-year-old joined Arsenal in 2019 but has yet to make his senior debut
- The centre-back spent the second half of last season on loan at Nice
- Gunners technical director Edu though insists Saliba is still developing
Arsenal defender William Saliba will spend the upcoming season on loan at Ligue 1 side Marseille.
The 20-year-old centre-back joined the Gunners from St Etienne in 2019 on a five-year-deal for a reported £27million but has yet to make his first-team debut.
He was loaned back to St Etienne for the 2019-20 campaign and spent the second half of last season with Nice.
Centre-back William Saliba has joined Marseille on loan from Arsenal for the 2021-22 season
The defender poses in the Marseille strip following his unveiling by the French top flight side
And Arsenal announced on Thursday the France Under 20 international would have another loan stint in his home country with a one-year stay at Marseille.
Technical director Edu told the club’s website: ‘Together with William, we have decided it will be good for his continued development to spend another season on loan.
‘William joined us as an 18-year-old, and he is still only 20, so he is still developing all the time.
‘William is a player with strong natural ability and next season has the potential to be really beneficial for him at Marseille, a good club.
Saliba spent the second half of last season on loan at Nice (left) and his only Arsenal appearances have come while playing for the Under 23 side (right)
‘To play another season in Ligue 1 will be very important for his development.’
Meanwhile Arsenal have reportedly joined the race to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.
Despite finishing as the Blues joint top goalscorer last term the England international has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge since the arrival of new manager Thomas Tuchel in January.
The 23-year-old has made just two appearances for the European champions since February, and rated at £40million is being chased by his boyhood club.
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