Arsenal agreed a deal with Saint-Étienne for William Saliba’s transfer last summer and he was immediately loaned back to his former club for one season.

According to RMC Sport, the centre-back will join the Gunners ‘earlier than expected’ as his time in France has been cut short.

That’s because earlier this week, the LFP decided not to go ahead with the 2019/20 Ligue 1 season due to the global health crisis.

This gives the 19-year-old an opportunity to move to the north London club and start training with Mikel Arteta’s men. It would give him more time to know his new teammates and prepare well for the next campaign.

However, it’s to be noted the defender will not be able to represent Arsenal, if the 2019/20 Premier League is resumed.

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A metatarsal fracture forced the teenager to spend over two months on the sidelines before returning to action in January. This has restricted him to making only 12 appearances in the league this season.

David Luiz, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi will enter their final year of contracts at the Emirates and if Arsenal decide to sell any of them in the summer, Saliba could take their place in the squad.