Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta hints he has made a decision on William Saliba’s future | Soccer | sport
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has already hinted that he has made up his mind on William Saliba. There have been question marks over the Frenchman who is currently on loan at Marseille.
Arsenal pariah, Saliba was told he had a future at the club by Arteta, who hinted he was doing exactly as expected.
The Frenchman was sent on loan to Marseille at the start of the season, another blow to his chances at the Emirates.
And the defender has caused a stir since signing with Jorge Sampaoli’s side, who are desperate to keep him.
The Argentine coach has told the club he wants him to join them permanently during the summer transfer window.
But Arteta insisted that everything is going according to plan regarding Saliba’s development.
The Spaniard said: “Well, first of all we took the decision together to loan him out.
“And now he’s getting those chances in a really competitive league and he’s doing really well.
“The path that we have blazed, even though people again, like a lot of other cases we have here, can’t understand, we think it was the right thing for him to do to become the player we want when we want and need this player.
Interest is likely to grow in Saliba and if a path isn’t clear in the Emirates, there will be one elsewhere.
But Marseille’s form has hit a snag in recent weeks and the France Under-21 international has blamed himself for his poor results.
“Since February, I’ve been very average,” he said. “There is no need to hide.
“I know I need to work, I’m a young player, but that’s no excuse. I’ll give everything to get back to my good level.
Marseille chief Pablo Longoria has already signed two players from Arsenal in Sead Kolasinac and Matteo Guendouzi as he admitted he would like to sign Saliba permanently.
“It’s a three-pronged question,” Longoria pointed out. “For the club that owns the player – Arsenal, the player, and Olympique de Marseille.
“We have to see our possibilities. He is very good here, we are very happy with his performance.
“William [Saliba] is one of the best young defenders I’ve seen in my career.
“After all, it all depends on the three parties. It is a matter of market value. But we have an extraordinary relationship with Arsenal.