Opinion – It was not a good move by Arsenal stopping Saliba playing in the French Cup final

Arsenal has denied William Saliba a once in a lifetime chance after they refused to allow him to remain with Saint Etienne and feature in the final of last nights French Cup final.

I am not exactly interested in the details of the conversation between both clubs, because I think that no matter what the disagreement may have been, the Gunners should have allowed the young defender to experience the final.

This is because he has worked so hard to help them get to that final for the first time in more than 20 years and even if they won it or not (PSG won 1-0), that experience would have been priceless.

The defender has admitted to feeling like a “robber” after he let his teammates down by not being part of their team for the final against PSG and I think that Arsenal made a poor decision denying the teenager the chance to make that final.

Apart from it adding a priceless memory to him as he leaves the team that he has been with from when he was young, he would have had a valuable experience that he would have brought to the Emirates.

Arsenal has had their way and the final was played without him, but I hope that the club learns from this and not deny another of our on-loan teenagers an opportunity like this.

An article from Ime

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18 Comments

  1. Bazo says:

    So Arsenal should pay them 2million pounds just for him to play a cup final.? I don’t think any sensible club will pay that money just for a club to use their own player for a match. He should forget about that final and get his head straight for the new adventure or he may find himself behind the game when the next season start.

  2. Adajim says:

    I totally disagree, though the final would have been a game to remember for the player and will help him going forward, however, it wasn’t arsenal fault, an agreement could not be reached due to some little diffences, not everytime we blame the board, as reported, we would have payed some pounds had it been the player featured for them, if saint-etien doesn’t have ulterior motives (I.e trying to get the player trigger the clause), why can’t they shift ground, make some sacrifice too. The game only affected them and the player, but has nothing to do with arsenal, why should we let him trigger the clause so we could pay them

  3. Lord Denning says:

    Tomorrow the battle of cojones we’re determined to relagate Watford.But it’s not too late for deeny to apologize
    .Bragging rights will be to see deeny going down.

    1. Declan says:

      What’s he got to apologise for exactly? Not signing for us?
      We were closer than you know (because I do know) to sign him.

  4. Lord Denning says:

    Who will partner saliba next season,Mari,Luiz, Holding,Chambers,Socratis and mustafi.Six center backs on kreonke payroll who are not not good enough,gross mismanagement.

  5. Grandad says:

    Spot on LD.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      👍 👍

  6. RSH says:

    Completely disagree. Have to stop clubs mugging us off. Paying 2mill to let our own player play in a final is ridiculous. If he had gotten injured like Mbappe did, you’d be singing a very different tune. Arsenal 100% in the right.

    1. Ackshay says:

      Completely agree with demands like that no wonder arsenal told them to get lost. of course for some fans it is always our club/board/manager/player who is wrong. I hope saliba is smart enough to know that st etienne played a dirty game to get more money and its their fault.

  7. Reggie says:

    100% Arsenal correct in the circumstances. The unreasonable party was St Etiene, serves them right for being prats.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      👍 One would hope that Saliba would understand Arsenal’s position?

      1. Reggie says:

        i would think he would, he would realise, its better than a hammering.

  8. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    Yes, RSH I think you got it spot on. Saliba did suffer a serious injury blow that saw him sidelined for some times during last season’s Ligue 1 campaign. This had me worried for Arsenal to start saying to myself that, for God’s sake, what is it this time again that Arsenal have done to see their loan back player who is not playing at the club but yet getting seriously injured? I kept monitoring him and I sigh a breath of relieve when he returned to action for his loan back club St Etienne. But I must say, on the business side of agreement for Saliba’s loan back deal to St Etienne by Arsenal I can’t voice any word or comment on that because I don’t know the details contained in the loan back agreement. But whatever be the case it will look ludicrous and unintelligible on the part of Arsenal if they went ahead to pay 2m to St Etienne for a Saliba who by default is already an AFC to play for St Etienne against PSG in the French Cup final. Which if it is done could turnout to be a big mistake done on the part of Arsenal if Saliba became seriously injured for Arsenal or St Etienne in the match? But I think it’ll be for Arsenal this time and that’s after they would’ve paid for him, their own player to play in a Cup final which has nothing to do with Arsenal. I think St Etienne attempt to pull a fast one on Arsenal who refused to consent to their ploy has backfired on them for their subversive trick on Arsenal for the Saliba who they’ve sold to Arsenal far beyond his market cost price.

  9. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    Yes, RSH I think you got it spot on. Saliba did suffer a serious injury blow that saw him sidelined for some times during last season’s Ligue 1 campaign. This had me worried for Arsenal to start saying to myself that, for God’s sake, what is it this time again that Arsenal have done to see their loan back player who is not playing at the club but yet getting seriously injured? I kept monitoring him and I sighed a breath of relieve when he returned to action for his loan back club St Etienne. But I must say, on the business side of agreement for Saliba’s loan back deal to St Etienne by Arsenal, I can’t voice any word or comment on that because I don’t know the details contained in the loan back agreement. But whatever be the case it will look ludicrous and unintelligible on the part of Arsenal if they went ahead to pay 2m to St Etienne for a Saliba who by default is already an AFC player to play for St Etienne against PSG in the French Cup final. Which if it is done could turnout to be a big mistake done on the part of Arsenal if Saliba became seriously injured for Arsenal or St Etienne in the match? But I think it’ll be for Arsenal this time and that’s after they would’ve paid for him, their own player to play in a Cup final which has nothing to do with Arsenal. I think St Etienne attempt to pull a fast one on Arsenal who refused to consent to their ploy has backfired on them for their subversive trick on Arsenal for the Saliba who they’ve sold to Arsenal far beyond his market cost price.

  10. Declan says:

    Storm in a tea cup. He will have forgotten it already and be looking forward to playing for The Arsenal.

  11. David says:

    Infact you don’t know what you are talking about. Just as you said in your article that you are not interested in the contract details why talking about it? Something you don’t know how do you speak about it? Please sometimes professionalizm is require of you guys.

  12. Glorious says:

    Mbappe got injured.

  13. Val says:

    from what i read on various sites and in newspapers, St Etienne wouldnt conform to the training program our coaching and medical staff wanted him to be on considering his recent injury to try and safeguard him for the up coming season, and we wanted to reduce the 2m payment which ST E declined.
    At the end of the day yes it would have been nice for him to play in the cup final but its more important for him to be fit and ready to play for us next season rather than play in the final and then get injured again and miss the start of the season for us, we own him and we should have the best interest of the team and player in mind

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