Arsenal are eyeing up a summer move for teenage Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba, Goal understands.

The 18-year-old defender has enjoyed a breakthrough season in France, making 17 appearances in all competitions.

Unai Emery is looking to bolster his defensive options after seeing his side concede 51 goals in the Premier League during his first campaign in north London.

And it is understood Saliba is top target for the Gunners, who have watched him extensively this season in Ligue 1 and have been impressed with the maturity he has shown for such an inexperienced player.

Arsenal are looking to freshen up what they believe is an unbalanced and ageing squad this summer, with a deal having already been agreed for Brazilian teenage forward Gabriel Martinelli .

And Saliba, who stands at an imposing 6’4″, fits the criteria of the type of player the north London club are looking to recruit.