Saliba to hold showdown talks with Arteta over his future

L’Equipe says that William Saliba will hold talks with Mikel Arteta over his future in the coming days.

The Frenchman was signed by the Gunners in the summer of 2019 aged just 18 and Arsenal allowed him to remain at Saint Etienne for the whole of last season.

He returned to Arsenal for the start of this campaign and he had been tipped to walk straight into the Arsenal starting XI.

The Gunners also signed Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille in the last transfer window, and fans had hoped that both players would come in and form a solid partnership at the back.

While Gabriel has been able to break into the Arsenal first-team immediately, Saliba has only seen action with the Arsenal youth teams.

The Frenchman wasn’t even registered for the Europa League this season and he now looks set to leave the club, albeit temporarily.

The report says that his representatives will meet with Arteta and look to get him out of the Emirates temporarily.

With the transfer window reopening next month, Arsenal has to decide whether to make him available for loan.

The Sun says that Saint Etienne is expected to return for him after they failed to sign him before the close of the last window.

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11 Comments

  1. Declan says:

    How is him going back to France going to help him acclimatise to playing in England?

    1. Thomo says:

      True ,its been a total shambles

  2. Oly says:

    He should stay with us for the time being. The next manager of Arsenal needs to access him in a few weeks.

  3. Abbas says:

    Hold on William, speak with the new manager because Arteta is done.

    1. Ahmad73 says:

      Hope so Abbas. Arteta is so useless that I am baffled he has not been sacked yet.

  4. John says:

    Disgusting treatment to a young player grieving and in a new country. Arteta is wrong. There is nothing wrong with the young man. He needs to be playing football. I hope he walks.

  5. Sean Williams says:

    How Arteta is treating William Saliba is a disgrace. He has treated many of our players as poor as can be. It should be Arteta leaving not William Saliba..

  6. Wenger91 says:

    So Mustafi will leave and Sokratis is not here anymore but we still sending Saliba somewhere else?

  7. Sylva says:

    Arteta is clueless. Arsenal is Bigger for him

  8. Wayne says:

    Arteta definitely need to keep Saliba in England to transition. Going back to St.Ettienne would not help him to speak and understand English better, nor will it help him to acclimatize to the conditions, both on and off the field in England. I just can’t believe that this man future is being ruined by Arteta. Just a year before his injury and the death of his mother, Saliba (started for St.Ettienne) was ranked as one of the top young defenders across Europe and cannot play for Arsenal, while his former teammate Fofana (was on the bench),now starts for Leicester city. Arteta is now showing so much faith in Holding, whom, at the start of the season, Arsenal held negotiations for loaning him out.Holding is one of the worse defenders,,as he is the easiest defender to beat one on one. Holding cannot close down attackers(just look at how Son went past him vs.Spurs.Mustafi is Mustafi (TG contract expires at the end of the season) and Sokratis too old are not good enough. Pablo Mari not tough enough and Luis, a liability, is getting older. Still, Arteta want to send Saliba out. I hope Arsenal don’t lose to Chelsea this weekend. Because if Arsenal loses, I think Arteta needs to leave for his transition and should be loaned or I meant Sacked.

    1. Sue says:

      And to think we offered Mustafi an extension, which he turned down!!! As he’s holding out for Barca 😂😂 You couldn’t make it up…

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