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Arsenal news: William Saliba sends snub as Gunners miss out on Champions League


William Saliba says he wants to remain at Marseille next season as he sent Arsenal a Champions League message after the Gunners failed to finish in the top four

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William Saliba has sent Arsenal a cutting message after Mikel Arteta’s side missed out on Champions League football.

The Gunners made light work of Everton in a 5-1 victory at Emirates Stadium yet still had to resign themselves to playing Europa League football next season after Tottenham beat Norwich City 5-0. That result meant the Gunners finished the Premier League season in fifth place – narrowly missing out on next season’s Champions League.

And Saliba has now declared he would like to remain at Marseille, where he has spent this season on loan, in order to play in Europe’s top competition next term. Meanwhile the Gunners seem likely to miss out on a £15million windfall, with Serie A side Fiorentina set to pass on the opportunity to sign on-loan midfielder Lucas Torreira permanently.

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Gunners miss out on Champions League

Arsenal ended the Premier League season in fifth despite beating Everton 5-1 on Sunday.

Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Cedric Soares, Gabriel Magalhaes and Martin Odegaard were on target for Mikel Arteta’s side but the win wasn’t enough to propel them into fourth place. The Gunners went into the final day of the season needing a final day collapse from Tottenham Hotspur to have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League but it didn’t materialise.

The Everton match was nevertheless still full of talking points including Martinelli’s marvellous performance, Nketiah giving Arsenal reason to renew his contract and Arteta’s regret.

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Saliba’s snub

Arsenal defender William Saliba says he wants to go back to Marseille next season in order to play in the Champions League.

The Gunners missed on the Premier League’s top four and Champions League qualification as Spurs claimed three points against Norwich on the final day of the season. And it appears that could pave the way for Saliba to seek a summer move following his loan at Marseille.

The defender has impressed in Ligue 1 this season – leading to a call-up to the France national side. But the defender has now said he wants to “discover” the Champions League after helping Marseille qualify for next season’s competition.

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Torreira blow

Arsenal may need to find a new buyer for Lucas Torreira with Fiorentina unlikely to make his loan move to Serie A permanent.

The Uruguay international has spent the season on loan with the Italian outfit with reports suggesting an agreement had been written into the deal for the Viola to permanently sign the midfielder. But reports coming out of Italy suggest that Fiorentina tried to agree a discount on both transfer fee and Torreira’s salary and a deal will now not be going ahead.

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It means the Gunners could miss out on a £15million windfall in the summer transfer market.

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