Mikel Arteta may send Arsenal defender William Saliba out on loan in January, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Gunners and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 19-year-old is “a baby of the game” and could benefit from first team football in 2021.

Saliba is yet to make a senior appearance for Mikel Arteta’s side following his £27million move from St Etienne in July 2019.

Speaking last week, Arteta admitted that he was “fed up” with the defenders situation at the Emirates and hinted that a January loan move would be considered by the London club over the next few weeks.

Campbell sympathised with the Gunners boss who “cannot afford to take risks” after an indifferent start to the 2020/21 campaign.

“In these next couple of weeks Arteta has to assess and address everything,” he told Football Insider.

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“He needs to look at Saliba and if there is an opportunity to incorporate him in a matchday squad he has got to do that.

“If Arteta feels that he needs to get out on loan and communicate and learn a bit more, that is what he has to do. Mikel Arteta will make the right decision.

“He is a baby in the game. He has a lot of time ahead of him and as we are seeing Mikel Arteta cannot really take risks with an untried player right now.

“Even with tried and tested players he is getting stick so he has to make sure that Saliba is right when he does eventually come in.” 

In other Arsenal news, Kevin Campbell names the senior player “exposed” in Aston Villa defeat.