It has been confirmed that William Saliba will spend the rest of the season on loan at Ligue 1 side Nice.
The 19-year-old centre-back returns to France to gain further first team experience after a frustrating six months at Arsenal that has seen him playing his football for the club’s under-23s.
There were high hopes for the defender when he was signed from Saint-Etienne for £28 million in the summer of 2019, but he’s not managed to persuade Mikel Arteta that he’s ready for life in the Premier League.
We also failed to complete documentation in time so he could go on loan before the ‘summer’ window closed, which meant he was left in limbo – a poor state of affairs for player and club.
Speaking about the move to the official site, Technical Director Edu said, “William Saliba is a player with a huge amount of talent and potential. We’re confident he will have a great career with us but we must remember that he is still only 19 years old and has a lot of time ahead of him.
“William experienced a very challenging time last year, with his playing time limited by injury and the early ending of the Ligue 1 season due to the pandemic.
“So together with William, we have decided that spending the rest of the season on loan with Nice is the best way for him to develop.
“We will be keeping in close contact with William during his time with Nice and look forward to seeing him make good progress until the end of the season.”
We wish William the best in Nice, we’ve no doubt he’ll be champing at the bit to make an impression.