Leicester star Fofana mocks Arsenal after William Saliba secures Nice loan

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Leicester centre-back Wesley Fofana mocked Arsenal after William Saliba joined Nice on loan for the rest of the season.

Saliba, 19, joined the Ligue 1 side on Monday having failed to make an appearance for the Gunners since he was signed under Unai Emery for £27million back in 2019.

The French centre-back was loaned back to his former club Saint-Etienne last season as part of the deal, but returned in the summer with the hope of breaking into Mikel Arteta ’s side.

However, he is still waiting to make his senior debut for the Gunners despite the fact they were shipping goals earlier in the season – and has been sent back to France to gain more first-team experience.

Arsenal's treatment of Saliba hasn't gone down well with best pal Fofana, who played with Saliba at Saint-Etienne before joining Leicester in October.

On hearing the news of Saliba's departure, Fofana took to Instagram to share his feelings.

He posted a picture of Saliba on his Instagram story, along with the caption 'He's finally free'.

The Gunners' transfer chief Edu insists Saliba still has a bright future at the Emirates, despite the fact he hasn't been able to work his way into Arteta's plans.

Announcing Saliba's departure to Nice, Edu said: "William Saliba is a player with a huge amount of talent and potential.

"We’re confident he will have a great career with us but we must remember that he is still only 19 years old and has a lot of time ahead of him.’

"So together with William, we have decided that spending the rest of the season on loan with Nice is the best way for him to develop."

Arteta previously explained why he hadn't given Saliba any game time, saying: “I explained that he needed that transition year when we decided to buy him and send him on loan to Saint-Etienne.

“For many reasons, that didn't happen – he didn't have that transition year and he needs to go through that."

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