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Arsenal fans thought they were getting William Saliba back in North London.

The 19-year-old joined the Gunners for £27 million last summer but was immediately loaned back to former club Saint-Etienne for the 2019-20 campaign.

But with the Ligue 1 season cancelled as long ago as April, Arsenal supporters thought they’d be getting their highly-rated central defender back.

That being said, Saliba hasn’t even left the French club yet, it turns out.

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Training pictures on Thursday appeared to show the teenage centre-back – whose loan doesn’t technically end until June 30 – doing some gym work.

Football London reported earlier this month that even when Saliba gets to London Colney, there’s a zero percent chance of him representing Arsenal this season.

Mikel Arteta badly needs centre-back options – well, good ones anyway.

The Spaniard has been making do with the likes of David Luiz, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi since taking the reins at his former club back in December.

But long term, Arsenal have a brilliant prospect in Saliba and it’ll be fascinating to see how he fares next season and beyond.

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