Arteta prepared to give William Saliba another chance to prove his worth

Mikel Arteta will have a look at William Saliba during the next preseason to see if the defender is ready to play for his team.

The Gunners signed the French youngster in 2019 from Saint Etienne and allowed him to remain with them for the rest of the campaign.

That season was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic and he returned to Arsenal in the summer having missed several months of competitive action.

Although he is highly regarded, Arteta remained unconvinced and he spent the first half of the season playing for Arsenal’s reserve side.

He left in the last transfer window to join Nice on loan for the rest of the campaign and has been given more playing time at the French side.

He walked straight into their starting XI and has been an ever-present in their team since he joined.

Fans have been watching him deliver some fine performances in France and some will be wondering why Arteta thought he wasn’t ready to start playing for the Gunners.

This summer will be an important one for him and Football London says he has impressed Arteta while out on loan.

The Arsenal manager has now decided that he will get chances to stake a claim for a place in the team during the next preseason.

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  1. With 5 centre backs in our current player pool and Saliba and Mavroponas doing well out on loan, I suspect Arteta may decide not to offer Luis another contract.As it is, one of the others may also be moved on, but the question is which one?To me Saliba, has all the attributes to be a top CB including pace and I really hope he is given the chance to prove himself next season.

  2. Lets hope that Saliba doesn’t feel shat on by his inexcusable treatment lat summer. I would think twice before wanting to come back and trust in the process.

  3. just another example of an increasingly desperate manager trying to hitch his wagon to the future aspirations of our club…how ironic considering the callous indifference he has displayed towards the vast majority of our youthful prospects until it conveniently fit his new narrative

  4. Rather than Saliba having a second chance to impress Arteta, it could be argued, that Arteta has a second chance to show that he knows what a good footballer, who could make a great future contribution to Arsenal, looks like.

  5. Arteta was an average midfielder no wonder he has turned Arsenal into a mid table team with his bellow average players. To play for Arteta you must not be too good or else you will have to proof yourself on the bench

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