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Arsenal interested in Adarabioyo

It appears that Arsenal are indeed in the market for a centre half. The Gunners had been linked to Fulham defender Joachim Andersen of late.

Could he be a potential long-term partner for William Saliba at the Emirates Stadium?https://t.co/3CzQ5V5Hjl

— Arsenal FC News (@ArsenalFC_fl) May 12, 2021

However, it now seems a fellow west London teammate of the Dane, Tosin Adarabioyo, is also in the club’s crosshairs.

The Athletic report that the link between Mikel Arteta and the former England youth international could be a reason for the sudden interest, in addition to a reported buyout clause.

Arsenal and Newcastle are among clubs from both England and Germany thought to be monitoring the 6ft 5in defender, who is understood to have a buy-out clause in his contract at Fulham. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta knows Tosin well from their time together at Manchester City.

Whether this buyout clause is affected by Fulham’s relegation is unknown.

Sheffield United midfielder, Sander Berge, has also been linked with a move to Arsenal and it is reported that his buyout clause has lowered considerably due to the club’s return to the Championship.

What this means for Saliba

Arsenal will welcome back William Saliba from his loan deal to Nice where he has been since January.

In that time he has won many plaudits for his strong performances from a number of French football experts.

Nice article in today’s @lequipe on how Arsenal loanee William Saliba, along with Todibo, are turning Nice’s season around, providing strength, leadership and assurance in defence and the footballing ability to begin attacks, enabling the whole team to play higher up the pitch.

— Jeremy Smith (@jeremysmith98) February 13, 2021

However, it has not been plain sailing for the young Frenchman. He left on loan in January and engaged in a number of interviews where it was clear that he had grown frustrated with a lack of senior opportunities.

“I really didn’t think, transferred to 30M, that I was going to find myself playing with the reserves,” he said in just one of the conversations published.

William #Saliba : “Je ne pensais vraiment pas, transféré à 30M, que j’allais me retrouver à jouer avec la Réserve.”

William Saliba revient sur son transfert à Arsenal au micro de @JulienMaynard pic.twitter.com/wXXBIe2fWb

— Téléfoot (@telefoot_TF1) January 31, 2021

With David Luiz leaving the club and Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis also having left since Saliba’s move temporarily back to France, it was expected that he would have a simpler route into the first team setup.

Despite interest in Adarabioyo, this does still appear to be the case according to Mark Mann-Bryans of PA Sport.

Understand that, as things stand, William Saliba will be part of the Arsenal set-up during pre-season and the start of the 2021/22 campaign.

Plans are to involve the defender in all first-team affairs when he returns from Nice. #AFC

— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) May 10, 2021

Yet, for Arsenal to invest in yet another centre-half would contradict that theory.

Although it is worth mentioning that Adarabioyo has partnered Joachim Andersen in defence on the left. Saliba has also played on the left for Nice, however as a right-footer it is expected his future is in his more comfortable position.

Adarabioyo is also right footed and Arteta may be keen to have some versatile options across the board yet having Pablo Mari, Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, William Saliba, Dinos Mavropanos plus a further addition does appear excessive. It is likely one or two would have to make way.

Arsenal also have Daniel Ballard and Mark McGuinness who have enjoyed good loan spells. Much to be done in just this one area this summer.

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