ARSENAL are planning to hold talks with William Saliba's representatives in the next few weeks, reports suggest.

That is according to Goal's Charles Watts, who reports that the Gunners and Saliba's agent will meet to discuss a new deal as the club still rates the defender highly.


Arsenal have always insisted the Frenchman is part of manager Mikel Arteta's plans.

The 21-year-old joined Arsenal from St-Etienne in 2019 in a £27million deal and was sent back on loan to the Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium soon after.

Saliba was then loaned out to Nice last year before joining Marseille in the summer.

The France international has been impressive this season with the OM, playing 40 appearances across all competitions.

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The youngster has expressed his desire to sign a permanent deal with the Ligue 1 giants but much will depend on Arsenal's intentions.

Saliba recently said: "I've never hidden the fact that I feel good here at Marseille.

"I don't know what my future will hold. There are two months of the season to go.

"The main things are to qualify for the Champions League, and go as far as we can in the Conference League.

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"I think there will then be discussions between Arsenal and Marseille at the end of May or beginning of June, and we will then make a decision.

"But it would not be a bad idea for me to continue here – in fact quite the opposite.

"I know the city, my teammates and the coach. But it is not down to me alone."

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