The Premier League club are closely following the 20-year-old center-back who impresses in Ligue 1.
Mikel Arteta claims William Saliba could fight for a place in Arsenal’s first-team squad when he returns from loan at Marseille next season. The 20-year-old is on his third loan in France since joining Arsenal from Saint-Etienne in 2019, after his stints at ASSE, his training club, then at OGC Nice for six months. last season.
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The center-back has impressed with Olympique de Marseille this season and received rave reviews for his performance in the 0-0 draw against Paris Saint-Germain in the Classic last week. Mikel Arteta says he watched William Saliba’s performance against the vice-champion of France, considering he played an important role in this meeting and he believes there is still a place for him in north London.
“Yes, as a club we are still in touch. They went to see this game. Edu and Ben [Knapper, responsable des prêts à Arsenal] were there to watch him and keep an eye on him and the progress he is making “, said the Gunners coach at a press conference on Friday before the trip to Leicester. “Obviously he’s our player and we do with all the loaned players we have.”
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Asked if he could fight for a place in the Gunners squad next season, the Spain manager added: “This is a decision we will make in the summer. Obviously he is our player and naturally that will happen. We will have to sit down and decide on the next step. I think there is room [pour lui, Ben White et Gabriel]. Again, it will depend on what is going on with the other players and this is not a conversation to be had now. “
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William Saliba has proven that he has passed a milestone at the start of the season. The French international hopefuls has established himself as an indisputable holder in Jorge Sampaoli’s starting lineup. William Saliba has already played twelve matches in all competitions under the colors of Olympique de Marseille and has proven to be very valuable as a central defender for the Olympians.
The Gunners have recovered from a difficult start to the season in which they lost their first three Premier League games. Mikel Arteta’s side are on an eight-game unbeaten streak in the Premier League and Carabao Cup. Arsenal, who are currently tenth in the league, will travel to Leicester lawn this Saturday, followed by a home game against Watford next week.