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Arsenal outcast William Saliba is due to have a medical with Nice on Monday as he prepares for another loan move back to France.
Saliba, 19, is yet to feature for the Gunners since completing a £27million switch to north London back in 2019.
The French centre-back was loaned back to St-Etienne last season as part of the deal but returned in the summer with the hope of breaking into Mikel Arteta’s side.
That hasn’t happened in the first half of the campaign, however, with Arteta not affording him a single Arsenal appearance so far.
As a result, reports suggest he is set to leave The Emirates on loan again this month, with Nice keen to bring him back to France.
Saliba will undergo a medical with the Ligue 1 outfit on Monday and seal a temporary move away from Arsenal if all goes to plan.
It is believed St-Etienne were also keen to re-sign their former defender on loan this month, but Nice appear to have beaten them to the deal.
Saliba's transfer will come as a relief to Arteta, who admitted back in November that he was “fed up” with the youngster’s situation.
“I’m fed up with the situation because, as you could see, we tried to find a way in the last few days to give him some football,” the Spaniard said.
“I explained that he needed that transition year when we decided to buy him and send him on loan to Saint-Etienne.
“For many reasons, that didn't happen – he didn't have that transition year and he needs to go through that.
“At the moment, with the amount of central defenders we have in the team, we had to leave him out of the squad, which is painful. Now we have some injuries and we could have used him but this is part of the profession.”
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Arteta recently hinted that a January move would be on the cards for Saliba, saying: “We certainly tried in the last few days of the [previous] transfer window to find the right club but we could not.
“We will review the situation in the next few weeks and sit down with him and see what is the best thing to do. But it will depend on him and other players' situations as well.”
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