Arsenal will hold Saliba talks before preseason

Arsenal will hold talks with William Saliba before preseason to determine the next course of action for the Frenchman.

Saliba has been unable to break into their first team since he moved from Saint Ettiene a year ago.

He did well at his last loan club, Nice, and he may expect Mikel Arteta to hand him first-team chances next season.

However, Sky Sports Transfer Centre via Inside Futbol claims that the Gunners are closing in on a move for Brighton’s Ben White and that would affect Arsenal’s plans for him.

With increasing competition, he might be snubbed by Mikel Arteta again next season and that could mean yet another loan deal for him.

The exact plan of action for him remains uncertain, but the report says the Gunners are open to anything.

He has three years left on his current deal with them and has done well in the French Ligue 1 every time he has played there.

Arsenal might decide to cash in on him for the right price this summer.

Sky Sports Dharmesh Sheth said: “My information is that by the time pre-season re-starts, Saliba will have had talks with the Arsenal hierarchy to discuss whether it’s best to remain at the club next season, to go out on loan or to move permanently out of Arsenal. 

“If White joins, there will be quite a lot of players in front of him so there will be discussions over how to best serve the player. He could move down the pecking order.

Tags William Saliba

12 Comments

  1. lcebox says:

    Would love to see him get 6 months to prove if he has what we need.

  2. Ozziegunner says:

    “Saliba hasn’t been able to break into their first team since he moved from St Ettienne”. He hasn’t been given a chance FFS.
    It must be soul destroying to see the opportunities his ex team mate has been given at Leicester City, a team higher placed than Arsenal.
    Saliba is good enough for the French Olympic squad, won player of the month awards in the French league, but is not good enough for Arsenal.
    Tony Adams and Martin Keown were playing first team football at 19 yo.
    Saliba will be sold at a loss (as per normal Arsenal practice) and will be seen in the future as one “that got away.”

  3. Ozziegunner says:

    “Saliba hasn’t been able to break into their first team since he moved from St Ettienne”. He hasn’t been given a chance FFS.
    It must be soul destroying to see the opportunities his ex team mate has been given at Leicester City, a team higher placed than Arsenal.
    Saliba is good enough for the French Olympic squad, won player of the month awards in the French league, but is not good enough for Arsenal.
    Tony Adams and Martin Keown were playing first team football at 19 yo.
    Saliba will be sold at a loss (as per normal Arsenal practice) and will be seen in the future as one “that got away.”

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      the French League is different to the English League

      at 19yo he needs to partner someone who has a strong experience and leadership to guide

      Gabriel 23yo and Mari 26yo are both young and new to the league

      Holding at 25 yo is has limited experience and leadership as well

      this is not Fifa 21…..lacking of experience can causes mistakes and concede goals

      1. Kstix says:

        And by your theory if the ligue1 being inferior, fofana played for Leicester against the same English opponents last season and was great. Fofana was saliba’s partner and saliba is even rated higher than fofana. So your comment is a load of thrash if we’re being honest.

        1. Ozziegunner says:

          👍 “trash” as well as “thrash”.

  4. Albe says:

    He’s easily the most talented CB we have. Arteta seems to care more about which foot is strongest rather than their actual ability. I don’t rate Mari at all, and only rate Gabriel as a solid backup right now. It’s simple for me, just bench Gabriel until he learns how to pass and keep the ball under pressure.

    A rotation of White, Saliba, Holding, and Chambers sounds like it could be one of the best defenses in the league for years to come. Sadly I have no faith in Arteta making the right decision here and fully expect him to tell Saliba he is expected to be 4th or 5th choice and can go on loan. He will probably ask for a permanent move and we will talk about it for the next 15 years.

  5. gunnerforlife says:

    Saliba not playing for Arsenal is as mysterious as anything. The lad has so much talent, is so highly rated in France, has so many suitors that I feel confused as to why MA does not rate him higher than the defenders we have. If we lose Saliba, I bet we will regret in the future. This shows the inexperience of MA which we will rue in the long run.

  6. Kstix says:

    If we lose Saliba. Mark my words, we will regret it if we don’t at least get someone better as a replacement or if we get Ben white here and he flops under Arteta. It is not news for great players to come from other teams and flop under Arteta, then leave to shine. Cc willian, partey, willock etc. I hope saliba stays and white is successful here. I honestly wish I can support Arsenal and Arteta but alot of bad decisions from last season doesn’t fill me with hope. And I’m being honest. I’m not a glory hunter, if I saw signs of progress in our play or the coach’s tactics even finishing 8th,i would back him. But all I saw from Arteta last season where no pattern of play, lack of tactics when he’s not trying to copy guardiiola. Wrong formation, playing and trusting the wrong players over and over again when there were better options. If we didn’t have better options, I would have accepted the mediocres he put on the pitch but without any sentiments or bias. Arteta has no clue what he’s doing. He’s smart enough to sweet talk people into believing he does. And that is why the Arsenal fans are divided over him. If Emery was a sweet talker, he will still be Arsenal boss. And I rate Emery higher than Arteta. I honestly wish us well in the transfer window and the new season but with Arteta, edu, the board and kroenke? I won’t be holding my breath. I

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      Kstix, I also await with bated breath, hoping for Arteta to achieve as much as Emery has in his coaching/managerial career.

      1. Kstix says:

        👍👍

  7. Ackshay says:

    No more loan deal, give him a chance this season and if he fails then we can sell him. No need to drag this out any longer. If he fails then he can no longer whine about not been given a chance since he can’t keep his mouth shut, if he succeed then good for everybody.

Comments are closed

Top Blog Sponsors
JustArsenal Top Ten UK Blogs