Mikel Arteta intends to keep William Saliba with Arsenal’s first-team squad until at least January having gone off the idea of loaning him to a Championship club, according to reports.
Saliba came close to leaving on loan before the transfer deadline earlier this month, though a return to former club Saint-Etienne could not be completed in time.
The domestic transfer window is still open for another few days, however, and it had been suggested that Saliba could be loaned to a team in the Championship.
Arsenal are believed to have invited pitches from interested clubs, including last season’s promotion contenders Brentford, in order to assess the best option for Saliba.
However, The Athletic report that Arteta and Arsenal have had a change of heart and will now keep hold of the young centre-back for the time being.
Speaking about Arsenal’s plans for Saliba earlier this month, Arteta said: ‘He had year last where Arsenal essentially loaned him to Saint-Etienne and that was a transition year for him.
‘For many reasons, that wasn’t the transition year that he needed because he had a lot of injuries, he had some personal issues and obviously with Covid and the French league getting cancelled, he didn’t have that year, so he needs that year of transition.
‘He needs that year of transition and we are trying to make the right decisions for him to make the best possible year of transition for him to have the player we want for our future.’