Arsenal have confirmed that William Saliba will spend the 2021/22 campaign on loan with Marseille.
The Stade Velodrome outfit beat off competition from a number of other Ligue 1 clubs to secure the 21-year-old’s signature after Arsenal decided the player still isn’t ready for life in the Premier League.
The move to the French Riviera is Saliba’s third loan since he was signed by Arsenal for £27 million in 2018. He initially returned to Saint-Etienne for a year and then spent the second half of last season at Nice.
Saliba is believed to have turned down the chance to represent France at the Tokyo Olympics to focus on sealing a move to Marseille.
Speaking about the decision, technical director Edu said: “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. We will of course be keeping in close contact with William during the season and wish him all the best in France with Marseille.”