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William Saliba assessing options this summer

Arsenal defender William Saliba is ‘assessing his options this summer’ and could be sold during the upcoming transfer window.

The 20-year-old joined the Gunners in 2019 but has yet to make a competitive appearance for the club, having been sent out on loan for both of the last two seasons to Saint-Etienne and Nice respectively.

Football London  report that their sources suggest the youngster is assessing his options this summer and could be sold, despite assurances he may yet have a chance to play for the first team next season.

Saliba enjoyed his most successful season yet in 2020-21, making 22 appearances for Nice in all competitions and scoring one goal, but it may not have been enough to impress coach Mikel Arteta, who previously suggested the youngster was part of the clubs future:

“You will see in the summer, the possible replacement [for David Luiz],” said Arteta at the end of last season.

“William is our player for sure and that’s the decision we’re going to be taking soon.

“He is our player so he’ll be back here for sure. After that, we will make a decision based on an agreement of the role each player is going to have in our squad.”

According to  football.london, sources close to the player have told them that they are ‘assessing what is best’ for the defender ahead of the new season.

Saliba’s contract with Arsenal runs until 2022 and there’s still a possibility that his next loan spell could include an obligation to buy at the end of next campaign.