Done Deal: Arsenal 6 ft 4 defender completes move to Marseille

By | July 16, 2021

Arsenal centre-back William Saliba will spend the upcoming campaign on loan at Ligue 1 giants Marseille.

The 20-year-old defender has joined the North London club from St Etienne in 2019 for a reported £27million, however, has yet to make his first-team appearance for Mikel Arteta’s side.

He was loaned back to St Etienne for the 2019-20 season and spent the second half of last campaign with Nice.

And the Gunners 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.

“To play another season in Ligue 1 will be very important for his development.”

Arsenal another star Matteo Guendouzi has also made a switch to Marseille on a season-long loan deal.