There are insinuations that North London outfit Arsenal will part with their new signing William Saliba on a temporary basis this summer transfer but the destination is still unknown.

The Gunners spent £28 million on the signature of the Frenchman from Ligue 1 outfit St Etienne last summer transfer window but he did not arrive until the end of last season as he had a season loan with his old club.

It was expected that William Saliba will move straight into the Mikel Arteta team as a first-team and regular player alongside Gabriel Magalhaes in the defence but that is yet to happen as he is still begging for his debut in a competitive game.

While he has not featured for any game this season, he was also missing in the team that defeated Liverpool in the penalties to set up the Man City clash in the quarter-finals of the Cabarao Cup.

William Saliba has also been tipped and compared to Liverpool’s Vigil Van Dijk because of his quality but manager Mikel Arteta has given the hint that he might not be ready for the big challenge now.

According to the Arsenal boss, William Saliba failed to have the transition experience of his career last season because of the injury he suffered, stressing that it is still needed and that means he could have another loan spell.

French Ligue 1 outfit Rennes are reported to be willing to offer that opportunity to William Saliba but that has not been officially decided and confirmed by the Gunners.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.