Arsenal title winner Alan Smith is convinced by the potential of William Saliba.

Saliba was snapped up for big-money from Saint-Etienne last summer and spent the season back on loan in France gaining experience.

“With a few quid to spend, another central defender must be on the cards. This area, in fact, is the most interesting of all. Will William Saliba, for instance, be given an early chance after finally coming over from Saint Etienne?” Smith told Sky Sports.

“Saliba, by all accounts, has tremendous potential as a classy defender in the Virgil van Dijk mould. I can just imagine Arteta on that training ground, working hard with the 19-year-old to instil good habits.

“Depending on how that goes, we might see the Frenchman let loose early on. Next to whom is another matter though.

“Will Arteta continue with three at the back, a system that helped bring about such huge improvement?”