Arsenal slammed over William Saliba transfer as Liverpool and Man City claim made

ARSENAL are not in a position where they can loan players back after signing them, claims former Gunners hero Perry Groves.

Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba.

Saliba is set to cost around £27million but the transfer is not going to eat too much into the summer budget as the Gunners are set to pay the player’s fee in instalments.

But Groves is not happy and says he would prefer Arsenal paid the sum up front if that meant they did not have to loan Saliba back for the upcoming campaign.

He says the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City are in a position where they could do deals such as that with young players, as they are not in desperate need of improvement to their squad.

But Groves claims Arsenal need as many players as they can get immediately.

“They’re in for William Saliba from Saint-Etienne, the 18-year-old,” Groves said on talkSPORT.

“It’s £26m, they’re going to loan him back for a season.

“Arsenal aren’t in that position at the moment where you can loan players back. We need players to play now.

“If you were Liverpool or Man City, you’re in that privileged position then to think about next season or the season after. We need these players now.

“I know it’s going to be stage payments, but I want all of the budget going on players now that are going to come and make an impact in out first team.”

Groves can only see Arsenal once again in a battle for the Premier League top four this season.

“I know we’re battling to be best of the rest again. Realistically, that’s fourth,” he added.

“Manchester United are in a bit of turmoil – [manager Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer is not going to be good enough.

“Chelsea are in a little bit of turmoil; they can’t sign any players, they’ve got Frank Lampard [as manager], and they’ve got young players coming in.

“So fourth place is really going to be competitive and I want us to be in a position to be able to compete.

“I know it shows how far we’ve dropped, competing for fourth place – but we’ve got to be realistic.

“And if they sign these younger players, hungry and with the right attitude, then as an Arsenal fan at the end of the transfer window I’ll think, ‘OK, we’re looking to go forward’.”