Arsenal could enquire over an early return from loan for William Saliba amid their current defensive injury problems, according to further reports.
Arsenal signed William Saliba from Saint-Etienne over the summer, but they loaned him back from the season. After that decision, the club’s injury situation only got worse.
Calum Chambers picked up an injury over the weekend, and he could miss the rest of the season. Kieran Tierney is out until March, Sead Kolasinac won’t return until later in January, and Sokratis Papastathopoulos is currently out with a concussion.
Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding are also struggling after their ACL injuries. Though they returned to the pitch at first, they’ve both had knocks setting them back since then.
As a result, the Mirror report Arsenal could enquire about recalling Saliba early.
Most likely, Saint-Etienne will simply refuse. They’ve only just got him back from injury, and they’ve lost five games of their last six without him.
During the brief period Saliba was fully fit, Saint-Etienne won four, drew three and kept four clean sheets. They only conceded two goals once in those seven games.
Unless Arsenal offer a good financial incentive, the Ligue 1 side have no reason to let go yet.
This isn’t the first time this story has been reported and it has also been claimed that Arsenal have already asked and been given a definitive answer.