Arsenal fans have demanded that the club quickly complete the deal to bring Brighton defender Ben White to the Emirates Stadium, after seeing William Saliba leave on loan again.
Saliba, 20, has today had his loan deal confirmed to Ligue 1 side Marseille for the upcoming 2021/22 season.
A decision which hasn’t gone down too well with parts of the Gunners fan base, who were looking forward to seeing the 20-year-old feature in this year’s pre-season tour.
With David Luiz expected to leave this summer, many fans were hoping this was the ex-Saint Etienne defender’s chance to break into the first team set up after that the 18-year-old has been on numerous loan deals already since joining the Gunners in 2019 for £27million.
The defender was sent straight back to his former club on loan once Mikel Arteta’s side acquired his services, and has since most recently been on loan to fellow Ligue 1 side Nice last season, before now joining his third French club Marseille on loan for next season.
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.”
Here is how a select number of Arsenal fans reacted on social media to Edu’s decision.
Gooner A7 asked: “He’s going to smash it at Marseille as well, but will that be enough for Mr Arteta?
“Will he play him next season or send him out on loan again? Shambles of a situation.”
@xDaveAFC believed: “Absolutely no reason for this loan. £27m for one of the brightest defensive prospects & we haven’t given him even half a season.
The summer window is officially open, and it’s going to be tough to keep up with the comings and goings in and out of the Emirates.
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“Good luck at OM Wilo, I hope they appreciate you.”
@JuanRaderBas has predicted: “So disappointed.
“The lad is solid and should be playing for us.
“He’s going to get fed up, leave, play us and win and have the last laugh.”
@afcalexs said: “Arteta and Edu masterclass. Another youth player’s career destroyed.”
@Ricks_14 has wished: “Hopefully next season he finally gets a chance at Arsenal.”
Fans of the north London club after seeing this decision have demanded that the hierarchy hurry up with completing deals for a number of targets.
@MrFluffyNuggets has pleaded with the club to: “Announce Aouar, Ben White, Maddison and Ødegaard.”
@Joe_Pace96 has looked on the bright side by saying: “Not that mad about this anymore.
“I forget he’s 20 and I’d like to think he gets a new contract next season.
“Ben White coming in would make me completely forget about him as well.”
football.london understands that a deal to bring the 23-year-old defender to the Emirates Stadium this summer is close to completion, with the Gunners in advanced talks with Brighton and Hove Albion.