Image: Saliba shortlisted for Ligue 1 end of season awards

Arsenal loanee William Saliba has been selected on a 12-man shortlist for the UberEats end of season awards.

The 20 year-old was deemed not ready for first-team football at the Emirates earlier in the season, where he wasn’t involved in a single senior fixture, before being allowed to leave and join Nice on loan in January, where he instantly became a key player.

His performances have excited once again, so much so that the French division has included him for the voting for Team of the Season.

Saliba is surely set to return to North London with a chance to prove himself for Arsenal, and I can’t help but believe he will play regularly in our first-team from the start of the new campaign.

Patrick

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17 Comments

  1. SueP says:

    So the rumours about Saka are unfounded

    1. Kev82 says:

      I’m glad it was Sue, he deserves his place in the squad πŸ‘Œ

      1. Gogo says:

        Did Saka make the 26 man list? Pls updates.

      2. SueP says:

        He does Kev
        I was very concerned about burn out though

        1. Kev82 says:

          I think at 19 it shouldn’t be a problem Sue, and I’d imagine he will be used sparingly at the tournament, possibly an impact sub.. and of course with Arsenal having no European commitments this coming season, he won’t play as many games.. so I think this will do his confidence a world of good.

          1. SueP says:

            Fair point

          2. ozziegunner says:

            πŸ‘

  2. Stephanie says:

    Saliba needs to be given the opportunity to play for us next season

    1. Reggie says:

      IF he does, i hope that whatever problem Arteta had with him and clouded his judgement of him hasnt ruined the relationship between them. Saliba was inexplicably treated terribly by Arteta and i just wonder wether he would get a fair crack of the whip next season, devalueing a player that plainly has huge talent.

      1. Liam says:

        How can you say he was treated terribly by Arteta? Firstly Gabriel had a better season previously and is older than Saliba yet he really struggled this season due to the physical demand of the league. What did you want Arteta to do field Saliba and Gabriel together and potential ruin them both confidence wise?Coupled with the tragedies he suffered in his personal life Saliba was not ready for first team premier league football. He has the potential to be world class for us but I wouldn’t be judging him on this seasons performances as hes still very raw.

        1. Reggie says:

          Leaving him out of the Europa squad, treating him like a leper and basically not telling him anything until he was sent out on loan. I dont accept he struggled physically and you cant say he wouldn’t have coped perfectly well, he never got the chance too. He wasn’t treated with any dignity and Saliba hinted at that in a tweet after.

          1. ozziegunner says:

            Reggie, let’s hope that William Saliba is able to reach his full potential at Arsenal. If he does, the future will be brighter. Arsenal can’t afford to waste its young player assets.

  3. Dan kit says:

    Apparently loans do not work according to some πŸ˜‚
    Looks like the complete opposite ,willock and now tHis kid πŸ‘

  4. mish says:

    Ligue 1 aint Epl, keep that to note……..above all, balance was much needed in the team, i mean a balance LUIZ brought alongside Amari, our backline cant be made up of under 25?

    1. Simon says:

      What did the balance achieve?

      1. Angelo says:

        Good question.

  5. alex says:

    If Leceister fofona could do well in epl then why didn’t we give saliba a try. I doubt if Arteta knows how to manage younger players. Saka was brought in by Emery and Smith Rowe coming to the side was purely by chance even when everybody knew he was the only one close to a number 10 in the club.

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