Arsenal transfer round-up: Gunners make Saliba decision, youngster could leave

With only hours of the domestic transfer window remaining, it appears Arsenal ’s incomings and outgoings are all but settled for another few months at least.

Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhães and Willian were among the high-profile incomings before the international deadline passed, while Lucas Torreira and Mattéo Guendouzi were both shipped out on loan as Mikel Arteta trimmed his first-team squad.

A handful of youth prospects on the fringes of Arsenal’s first team remain at the club, and with a day to go until the window closes for loans or transfers to the EFL, teams need to move fast if they are to secure the signature of a Hale End graduate for the 2020/21 season.

Here is the latest Arsenal transfer round-up on Thursday October 15.

No loan for French defender

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta intends for teenage centre-back William Saliba to remain at the club, after confirming he would not be sent out on loan.

Saliba had been linked with a return to France for a second loan spell, or even dropping into the Championship to spend the year with a promotion-pusher like Brentford. However, Arteta has confirmed he will be staying put.

Arteta’s reluctance to field Saliba or allow him to leave on loan has been criticised by ex-players and pundits. Martin Keown is among them; he says he cannot understand why Saliba has been omitted from matchday squads so far.

The 19-year-old will only be eligible to compete in domestic competition, as he was left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad for this year’s group stage.

Young striker could leave Arsenal for the season

Folarin Balogun could be a late departure from the Emirates Stadium in this domestic window, with the 19-year-old unlikely to feature for the first-team this year.

Balogun has scored consistently at U-23 level over the past few seasons and has looked the part throughout his reserve appearances. There was reported interest from Sheffield United earlier in the window but the Blades have now secured the signing of Rhian Brewster.

A gradual next step in Balogun’s career would be an EFL loan, where other forwards within the Arsenal setup have had some joy over the past 12-18 months. Tyreece John-Jules and James Olayinka have both spent time in senior football with Lincoln City and Northampton Town.

John-Jules in particular has benefitted from loan spells; he is currently with Darren Moore’s Doncaster Rovers in League One.

Balogun is yet to make a senior appearance at any level, but has 12 goals in 31 Premier League 2 appearances (via Transfermarkt ).

Arteta hits out at Atletico claims

Thomas Partey’s transfer from Atletico Madrid to Arsenal is one which has stoked a fire between the two clubs, due to Atletico’s perceived unhappiness at the conduct with which the deal was completed.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta feels as though the Spanish club have no right to begrudge Arsenal their signing, though. Exercising the right to pay Partey’s release clause negated any need for the clubs to negotiate directly.

“When you have a release clause in your contract you assume that that situation can arise at any minute.

“While the market is open it’s completely legal to do it,” Arteta reiterated in his latest press conference.

The Spaniard feels Arsenal did not do anything untoward in securing Partey’s signing late in the window, although it is not hard to see why Atletico would be irked, as the club were unable to sign a permanent replacement for an important member of their first-team.

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