William Saliba's new shirt number confirmed as Arsenal open to Nicolas Pepe loan departure

Arsenal starlet William Saliba will wear the no.2 shirt next season upon his return to the Premier League side, according to the Premier League website.

The 21-year-old defender was initially handed no.4 when he joined the club in 2019, but lost it last summer upon the arrival of Ben White, who took it off the then on-loan Frenchman.

Now back with the side, it appears as though he will have to settle for a new number, though it is the same one that he donned while on loan most recently with Marseilles.

The change hints that, as was always likely, Hector Bellerin (who formerly wore that shirt) will be leaving the club once again this summer after a successful loan spell at Real Betis.

Pepe free to leave

In more unsurprising news, Arsenal are open to a loan move away for club-record signing Nicolas Pepe, who has flattered to deceive in north London and only managed 681 minutes in the top flight last campaign.

There seem to be few possible destinations for the Ivorian on a permanent deal, though the arrival of Christophe Galtier at PSG may change that. However, at present, it seems as though a loan move with an option to buy at around £20m is the most likely outcome this summer.

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