Arteta to hand Arsenal youngster a chance in pre-season even if he does clinch £40-50m transfer

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will reportedly hand a chance to young defender William Saliba in pre-season, even if he also clinches a deal for Brighton ace Ben White.

The Gunners have been strongly linked with a move for White in a report from The Athletic, who state they could sign the England international for a fee of around £40-50million.

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White would undoubtedly be a fine signing after his impressive form in the Premier League, but some Gooners may be concerned about what this means for Saliba.

The French youngster has been loaned out to Nice in recent times, despite looking a huge prospect who could already be ready to make an impact in Arteta’s first-team.

Still, the Express now claim Arsenal will give Saliba a chance to impress in pre-season, even if a big name like White also makes the move to the Emirates Stadium.

This could be a fine move by Arsenal, as they surely need to think about replacing the departing David Luiz, but also look for upgrades on players like Rob Holding and Pablo Mari.

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  1. Totally disagree with the idea of going for White. We are far more in need of a RB, back LB, DM and creative midfielder. With Saliba, Gabriel, Holding, Mari and maybe even Mavraponus we have enough CB

    1. Well said about the lack of necessity to sign a central defender (while I don’t agree on the importance of signing either full back).
      I hope this is just clickbait journalism, as if it isn’t, it would show clear incompetence from Arteta and Edu.

  2. Arteta can be stubborn in his player evaluations. It took half a season for him to move on from Willian. If he’s paying £40m to £50m for White he has penciled him in as a starter.

    It would be damning of Arteta and Edu’s recruitment policy if they pay the rumored fee for White and Saliba wins the job in preseason, so how much of a chance do you really expect Saliba to get in that scenario?

  3. Arteta and Arsenal should STOP chasing players they know at the END they will not sign them. IT hurts me to see team like Astonvilla signing player infront of Arsenal.

  4. Ateta is not a good choche he never buy replacement of xacah he want to seal it edu and ateta is the two of them kill our club

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