Although every youngster will develop at different rates, it’s generally accepted that simply sitting on the bench for the senior club isn’t going to do much to help them.
William Saliba has reached a point at Emirates Stadium where he’s going to learn little by playing with the U23s, but it also looks like he’s miles away from breaking into the first team too.
It’s not clear what the Gunners plan was with William because it looked like he would come back from his loan spell and challenge for a place in the side, but it’s possible that signing Gabriel and being unable to offload the veterans has blocked his path.
Most transfer windows are shut so a loan to a European club isn’t possible, so it’s reached a point where a temporary switch to a Championship side might be the best option. Gunners are in negotiations with several clubs as they try to pick the best destination for him, but Brentford have emerged as a serious contender.
That could actually be a great move for him because he should play every game while staying in Arsenal, while they also play a positive style of football so he’ll get an opportunity to adapt to the English game and play in a system that will develop his technical ability.