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Arsenal morning headlines as Mikel Arteta makes key William Saliba transfer decision

Here are your Arsenal morning headlines for Monday, 12 October.

Arsenal chiefs to learn from Championship loan mistakes

Key figures within the Arsenal hierarchy, including manager Mikel Arteta, will take previous loanees’ experiences into consideration when making a decision on William Saliba’s future.

Arteta has expressed the need for the French teenager to undergo a transitional year, to ease his adaptation to life in London, with a loan move to the Championship strongly suggested.

The club are conscious that loans for Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith Rowe last season were not detrimental but also not quite as fruitful as they would have liked.

Nketiah found game-time hard to come by at Leeds United while Smith Rowe spent time with struggling Huddersfield Town.

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Consequently, Arteta, Ben Knapper – the club’s loan manager – and Academy Head Per Mertesacker are to sit down and plan out Saliba’s potential move to a Championship club, charting the pitfalls the 19-year-old may encounter.

The club remains intent on ensuring Saliba is a success, and after a difficult period on and off the pitch in 2020, feel it is important his next move is given special consideration.

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Gunners chase Portuguese teenager

Italian outlet CalcioMercato have credited Arsenal with an interest in Sporting Clube de Portugal wing-back Nuno Mendes.

The 18-year-old has impressed since emerging on the first-team setup towards the end of last season and has started this campaign in blistering form.

Mendes is Head Coach Rúben Amorim’s first-choice at left wing-back and poses to be one of the standout young players in Liga NOS this year.

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