Two London clubs keen on taking Saliba on loan

It is a fact that St. Etienne were keen on taking William Saliba back to France for another year on loan, but many Arsenal fans on here thought it would make much more sense for him to stay in England and learn about English football at a lower League club.

Maybe Arteta and Edu agreed, as the papers for Saliba to return to Ligue One were not completed in time, meaning that the youngster can only be loaned now to a domestic team.

So where should he go? Well according to TalkSport’s Alex Crook, he could be staying very close to North London. He said: “Mikel Arteta clearly feels he isn’t ready for the Premier League. I know Brentford are definitely interested and that might be a move that suits him in terms of style of play.

“Watford as well are monitoring this one so I think he might go out on loan and it could be a good move for one of those two clubs.”

I certainly agree that it would be a lot easier for Arteta to follow his progress at a club in London, and he can meet up with our £27million signing from time to time to see if he is settling into the life in London and English football.

Which club do you think would be better for Saliba?

16 Comments

  1. Simon says:

    I don’t understand arsenal. Decision about this guy… Loaning a 25m buy for two years.. With the few clips I have seen, this guy is better than 70% of our present central defenders

    1. Atid says:

      I think arteta seeing him in every training session is a far better judgement than your few clips.

      If Arteta does not rate him as highly as Gabriel, Luiz, Holding, Chambers, Mari or Mustafi then no shame in that and surely best for the fella to go on loan was he would be 7th choice at best and we all know that Arteta likes Tierney in a back 3.

      If he goes to Watford he will be training right next door to London Colney. Brentford would be a better move in terms of the way they play. Bournemouth would also be a good option.

      Shame we couldn’t have done a deal as p/ex for Upamecano.

      Big thing now is to get Ozil and Sokratis off the books, if not keep them away from the first team, it will not be good for moral.

    2. Val says:

      you’ve seen a few clips, MA see’s him in training everyday…………..

  2. Lola says:

    Saliba was emery’s player. Mikel dont rate him well. Well i gues 25m gone to drain like chambers 20m

    1. Top Gunner says:

      Emery acquired better unknown players. Tierney, Gouendouzi, Seliba, and Martinelli. He might not be good enough for EPL, but he spot the talent

  3. Neil Fitt says:

    Play him half at a time,until he is match fit,then sink or swim,or sell on.

  4. tony says:

    Mavrapanos is playing in Germany getting rave reviews every week. Why not bring him back and lose Holding who has not been the same since his knee injury

  5. Val says:

    Just my view on this subject.

    1 – UE signed him, probably against his wishes by Raul.
    2 – We had 2 – just 2 fit CB’s to start the season against Fulham.
    3 – Big Mavs, imo is quality, his issue is injuries.

    4 – Holding would have gone this past window if more were fit.

    5 – Saliba has had some issues last season, injuries, mum dying, moving to a new country, not learning good enough english this year, although it wasnt as bad as people made out.

  6. John says:

    Arteta never said he doubted his talent rather wanted him prepared properly for his job and career …..injuries ….personal issues including grief and no preseason…..the coach and player are obviously working out what’s mutually beneficial to both interests……let’s be patient please

  7. Declan says:

    I thought part of the reason a return to France was muted was because of his family loss. Anyway I think Watford is a good choice as their training ground in London Colney is next door to ours so any issues could easily be sorted out.

  8. Wenger91 says:

    I prefer to see him playing for us and instead give them Sokratis. Unless MA doesn’t see him fitting in his team this season I would prefer to keep him closer – in the PL.

  9. Bruno says:

    It’s better he stays at Arsenal than going on loan . Look at soyuncu he didn’t play for Leicester in his first year and now he’s literally their best defender .
    Him being at the club will enable him to familiarize himself with the club and understand better what the club means to people.

  10. Ba Elkhirsawy says:

    We do not have non-homegrown space for him. Two of our homegrowns are center backs in holding and Chambers. Gabriel and Luiz ofc are more ready. Pablo Mari is need on the left. The guy is little raw with no good English and survived a difficult last season.

    1. Sirjoe says:

      Non home grown rule does not affect a 19yr old. Its only affect players that are 21yrs and above at the beginning of the calendar year.

    2. Victor-Lee Mashakada says:

      How good is Gabriel’s English?

  11. Ba Elkhirsawy says:

    Guys like Sokratis and Mustafi are on high wage for championship clubs. And more ready to jump in when needed and we do not care about giving them playtime to develop.

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