Arsenal: Arteta is happy to loan Saliba to OM... but now he wants to keep it

Arsenal: Arteta is happy to loan Saliba to OM… but now he wants to keep it

Mikel Arteta praised William Saliba’s development after his return to Arsenal. The Arsenal boss was happy to send him to Marseille last season, but has almost completely ruled out the possibility of a new loan to OM.

Purchased from Saint-Etienne in 2019, William Saliba has yet to play a single Premier League game with Arsenal. For three years, the London club doubled the central defender’s loans in Ligue 1 with the Greens, in Nice and then in Marseille. Pushing strategy According to Michael Arteta, he is pleased with the young Frenchman’s progress at OM last season and his return to the Gunners even if rumors of a new assignment in Ligue 1 spread over the summer.

“I’m really happy with the way he’s adapted. Obviously, it’s always something to see, spending a year away from here in a completely different league, the technician judged on Friday before the tournament resumed from the media. But the number played from the minutes he played and the way he played. , you can see he has been growing and developing. He gave us many reasons why he could be the player we need.”

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“Now it’s ready to play.”

He appeared 52 times in all competitions with OM in 2021-2022, and William Saliba missed only 4 matches on the orders of Jorge Sampaoli. A true defender of Marseille’s defense, he helped the team qualify for the Champions League (a competition he wouldn’t play for Arsenal) and even won his first selection for the France team. Back at Arsenal, he seems to have finally convinced Mikel Arteta to trust him.

“Over the past few weeks, he has given us every reason to believe we made the right decision to loan him for a year. Because now he looks ready to play,” said the London coach.

Two competitors in defense of Saliba

Arsenal qualified for the Europa League, where they made a big summer recruiting with Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko or even Fabio Vieira. With William Saliba returning from loan, Arsenal will try to fight on the podium or even compete for the Premier League title. And despite competition from Ben White or Gabriel (even if the Brazilian is left-handed), the 21-year-old Frenchman has a real chance of settling into the London club’s joint.

“[Son prêt à l’OM] We believed and thought it was the right thing to do. We worked together and that’s the most important thing, Mikel Arteta finally appreciated. Now we’re together again and the relationship continues.”

If loans shape William Saliba’s career, the defender will now battle to become Arsenal manager. And the time has come… His contract expires in June 2024 and his future is likely to once again be a major topic at the end of the season.

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