Arsenal centre-back William Saliba is said to be getting ‘fed up’ of his lack of playing time and is desperate to re-join Saint-Etienne in January.
The 19-year-old was signed for a fee of £27m from the French club last year, but spent last season on loan with them as part of the deal.
He made the move to north London during the summer, and it was widely expected that he would become a first-choice player under Mikel Arteta.
However, he has yet to feature this season amid speculation that he is struggling to adapt in England and is not deemed ready for Premier League action.
And according to French publication ButFootballClub, Saliba will push for an exit when the transfer window opens again in January.
It is not yet clear whether this is more likely to be a loan move or permanent, but one option is another return to Saint-Etienne as he looks to gain further experience which will help him one day be able to play at the top level.
Saliba was left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad by Arteta, meaning his chances of playing have diminished even further.
It was a decision, however, which Arteta appears to regret, with the Gunners boss saying: “I feel really bad for William Saliba. Because we had so many central defenders, we decided to leave him out of the squad which was really hurtful for me to do.”
Saliba made a total of 39 appearances for Saint-Etienne last season and at one stage he was widely regarded as one of the most exciting young prospects in Europe.
But his career now appears to be at something of a stand-still, and with the likes of Gabriel, David Luiz and even Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding seemingly above him in the pecking order at Arsenal, it looks highly unlikely be will play any time soon.
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