William Saliba is set to return to Arsenal when his loan deal with Marseille expires when the current campaign comes to an end.

The Gunners took the defender from Saint-Étienne in 2019 and immediately allowed him to re-join them on loan for one season. On his return to the Emirates, he failed to make an appearance in the first half of last term and was loaned out to OGC Nice in January 2021.

Mikel Arteta refused to include Saliba in his plans again for this season, forcing him to join Marseille on a temporary deal last summer. The France U21 international impressed under Jorge Sampaoli’s orders and his fine displays have resulted in interest from other European clubs.

Marseille president Pablo Longoria has opened the door to retain the Arsenal owned centre-back beyond the ongoing season.

“It’s a three-way question. For the player’s parent club, Arsenal, the player and Marseille. We have to see our possibilities,” he told La Provence, relayed by Le10 Sport.

“He is very good here, we are very satisfied with his performance. William is one of the best young defenders I have seen in my career. After all, everything depends on the three parties. It’s a matter of market value. But we have extraordinary relations with Arsenal.”