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Mathieu Debuchy sends message to William Saliba over Arsenal exit and Saint-Etienne return

Mathieu Debuchy says Arsenal defender William Saliba is welcome back at Saint-Etienne (Telefoot/Getty)

Former Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy insists William Saliba would be ‘welcome’ back at Saint-Etienne in January.

Saliba was signed in a £27 million deal from Saint-Etienne last year and remained on loan with the French club last season.

The 19-year-old made the move to England in the summer and began trainign with the first team but he has not yet been handed his Arsenal debut by Mikel Arteta.

Earlier this month, Arteta admitted that he was unhappy with Saliba’s situation and said he would consider allowing the defender to leave in the January transfer window.

Saint-Etienne had attempted to re-sign Saliba in the summer but accused the Gunners of stalling the deal, which meant the move failed to materialise.

The French club have retained their interest and are expected to make a fresh approach in the New Year.

Mikel Arteta has not yet given William Saliba his Arsenal debut (Getty)

And Debuchy, who made 30 appearances during his short spell at Arsenal and now captains Saint-Etienne, has endorsed Saliba’s return to the Ligue 1 side.

‘I’m sure in the…