William Saliba is hoping for a loan within the UK in January, to help speed up his adaptation process ahead of next season with Arsenal.

William Saliba with the Arsenal u23s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)
William Saliba with the Arsenal u23s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

Writing for The Athletic, David Ornstein reports that William Saliba chose to join Saint-Etienne on loan in the summer, but after that fell through and he struggled to get any first-team chances at Arsenal, he’s now thinking about a January loan instead.

Saliba’s preference is reportedly to stay within the UK, though there are a number of options in France if that doesn’t come off.

Contrary to some recent reports, Ornstein writes that Arsenal are showing no indications they want to sell Saliba. They remain optimistic he’ll fulfil the potential that convinced them to sign him in the first place.

It’s certainly interesting to hear that Saliba is considering a domestic loan. It would definitely help him adapt to the Premier League, playing regularly for a club within the division, but it’s all going to depend on the interest in him.

If he can’t find a club in England, then a return to Saint-Etienne or elsewhere in France seems to be very much on the table.

Either way, it sounds like he’s set for a loan move in the January window, which is probably for the best. Mikel Arteta recently confirmed they’re planning to make a decision on the next steps for Saliba soon.