Saint Etienne have sent Arsenal a message as the Gunners consider William Saliba from his loan at the French club.
Centre back Saliba joined the Gunners in the summer from the Ligue 1 outfit for £27million – but was immediately sent back on loan across the Channel for this season.
Arsenal originally wanted Saliba to continue his development with plenty of first-team minutes at Saint Etienne but a defensive crisis at the Emirates has led to Mikel Arteta considering bringing him back.
Calum Chambers was forced off with a knee problem against Chelsea on Sunday and it is feared he could be sidelined for a long time, potentially the rest of the season.
Arsenal’s current injury list includes Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney, while Sokratis and Rob Holding have also been missing due to injury.
But despite the north London interest in collecting their possession, Saliba trained as usual with Saint Etienne on Tuesday morning.
“Good morning Arsenal Fans!” St Etienne wrote in a tweet, which was prefixed by a waving emoji and ended with a smug face and a “call me” hand.
Saliba has endured injury problems of his own this season – after cracking his fifth metatarsal during a clash with Monaco in November.
That has kept him sidelined for two months, although he is expected to be ready for action on January 5 for Saint Etienne’s French Cup tie with Bastia-Borgo – the first game back after the winter break.
The Gunners are also keeping tabs on RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano who could be allowed to leave with his contract running down.
Upamecano, 21, has 18 months left of his current deal and is attracting interested from a number of Premier League clubs.
Arsenal are out of form and languish 12th in the Premier League with a crunch New Year’s Day fixture Manchester United coming up.