The Bees forward is suspended until January 17 after breaching the FA’s betting rules, though has already returned to training ahead of his welcomed return.
But whether his comeback will be with Brentford remains to be seen, as he is still one of the top strikers on the market and has openly discussed his willingness to compete at a higher level.
Arsenal one of the teams said to be interest in the 27-year-old, after repeat urges to land another striker to bolster Arteta’s frontline.
Chelsea have been tipped to rival Arsenal’s interest but Arteta may now be intent on landing Toney thanks to Saliba, having watched his star defender keep Erling Haaland quiet during their recent win over Manchester City.
Arsenal wants to sign Ivan Toney
The Frenchman has become one of the most impressive defenders in the Premier League,
But Toney is one of the few strikers that have got the better of Saliba, potentially leaving the lasting impression on Arteta that they must sign him in January.
He scored the equaliser in Brentford’s 1-1 draw at the Emirates in February,
While his efforts in Brentford’s league debut win over Arsenal in 2021 are still remember fondly by the Bees faithful.
Arteta himself has already highlighted how fond he is of Toney and the striker’s game,
Lavishing praise on the England forward ahead of what could be a blockbuster January transfer.
“I have seen a lot of their games, Toney stretches out his arms against any defender
He can hold the ball and make you feel like a physical challenge,” Arteta said last year.
“I will prepare my players and they have to be ready for the battles, they have to win the duels. Physically powerful is the right word for a lot of the signings we have made. You have to be equipe physically in this league. That does not mean only the physical contact. You have to be equipe in your head as well,
Because if you don’t read the situation you are always late. It is a balance you need.”