Having conceded 51 goals in the Premier League last season, it has been little surprise to see Unai Emery attempt to bolster his side’s defence this summer.
Reports in recent weeks had suggested the Gunners were very much interested in bringing in Celtic’s Kieran Tierney and St Etienne’s William Saliba, and it now appears the north London club might be closing in on a deal for the latter.
According to The Evening Standard, Emery’s side are in “advanced talks” to sign the 18-year-old for a fee in the region of £25m, and the centre-back will remain on loan with St Etienne for the upcoming season.
The report adds that the Gunners can structure their payments in a way which would allow them to pay only a small initial fee this summer and therefore retain most of their summer kitty for other targets.
After hearing the news, Arsenal fans took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the matter and the issue of loaning Saliba back to France was certainly divisive.
Some supporters felt the club are in dire need of new defenders to help the team straight away and therefore it’s an “absolute joke” that they would loan the youngster back.
Others however insisted Saliba’s potential is worth having him only join up with the club next season, and insisted that it is “brilliant business” to sign him and yet keep a significant proportion of their summer budget.
Check out some of the reaction of Arsenal fans below:
Absolute joke we need players now not next season!
— Ryanafc85 (@RY2Sweet) 8 July 2019
This actually makes sense , the club would be stupid to buy Saliba then loan him back especially for 25m .
Definitely a future star but that’s all he is atm .
— CB (@GoonerCraig41) 8 July 2019
Smart move. Use Chambers this season.
— Daniel Szenasi (@erdelygooner) 8 July 2019
Or here’s an idea….. Use that same money on a player we can buy and use this season. Call me crazy
— Abul Malik Hussain (@AbsMalik110) 8 July 2019
Happy to pay £25m for a player we wont have till next season but 25m for a LB we can have now? Oh nooo. Backwards club.
— LL (@lukelondon_) 8 July 2019
Brilliant business if we’re keeping our budget
— 14 (Fan Account) (@AgentAuba) 8 July 2019
— Mike Lowrey (@Hadhraminho) 8 July 2019