William Saliba “WILL be back by Arsenal next season after the Marseille loan”
William Saliba ‘WILL BE welcomed by Arsenal next season and made into first team after impressing at Marseille’ – the Â£ 27million defender’s third loan since moving to north London
- Arsenal bought William Saliba for Â£ 27million in 2019 but did not play for them
- The 20-year-old defender spent three loan spells in his native France
- Saliba saw his No 4 shirt taken away by Arsenal for Â£ 50million Ben White arrival
- Reports claim Saliba should be offered a first-team chance at Arsenal in the next term
William Saliba is expected to be integrated into Arsenal’s first team from next season after his loan at Marseille ends, according to reports.
The French defender first moved to the Emirates Stadium in a Â£ 27million transfer in the summer of 2019, but has yet to make a competitive outing for the Gunners having spent the last two years in ready in France.
Questions were raised among Arsenal fans when the 20-year-old was loaned to a different third club earlier this year, with his move to Marseille after stints at the former Saint-Etienne and Nice club .
Arsenal plan to welcome William Saliba back to the first team next season, reports show
Saliba is currently on loan at Marseille where he impressed in nine games with OM
Saliba was also stripped of his No 4 shirt at Arsenal earlier this year following the Â£ 50million arrival of Ben White from Brighton but, according to Fabrice Romano, the Gunners have followed the Frenchman all year and are happy with his progress.
The report also claims Arsenal will trust Saliba to become a first-team player early next season, having played a key role for Jorge Sampaoli’s Marseille this season.
The 20-year-old has played nine times for OM since the start of the campaign, helping them go undefeated in their first five games of the season – but back-to-back losses leave them ten points behind the league leader 1 Paris. Saint Germain.
Mikel Arteta (left) did not use Saliba (right) competitively and sent him on loan twice
Saliba has made his frustration with the lack of playing time at Emirates Stadium known on social media. The defender complained to former gunner Matteo Guendouzi on Instagram that he was “locked” in north London last season.
The defender was not used by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta last season as the Spaniard believed he was unprepared, before being sent on loan to Nice in the second half of the campaign.
Arteta has also overseen the arrival of two renowned signings at center-back – White and Gabriel Magalhaes – since taking over at Emirates Stadium in late 2019, while Pablo Mari has also been signed and used at fresh from Saliba.
This season, Arteta believes Saliba is on the verge of making a breakthrough at Arsenal, but needs his loan at Marseille first.
Ben White (right) and Gabriel Magalhaes (left) are currently Arsenal’s two best center-backs
The Gunners boss said in the preseason: “I know it is sometimes difficult to explain or understand after the money the club have spent trying to bring him in, send him on loan .
âBut a lot has happened to him, he’s a long-term player for us and we have to protect him as well. And giving it three or four games is not enough.
“For him he needs a lot more than that, because what happened in the last 18 months, he has also been going through some personal issues and we have to try to help him and stay as close as possible to him.
âAnd now he has to play and play and play and also enjoy his profession. And to do that, I think we found the right club with him. He is very happy to go now. I hope he can enjoy his football and be ready for us for next season.
Saliba has yet to be competitive for the Gunners despite a Â£ 27million transfer in 2019
Arteta and Arsenal sporting director Edu Gaspar think Saliba’s loan from Marseille is useful
Arsenal sporting director Edu Gaspar added at the time: âTogether with William we decided that it would be good for his continued development to spend another season on loan.
âWilliam joined us when he was 18 and he’s only 20, so he continues to develop all the time. William is a player with strong natural abilities and next season has the potential to be really beneficial for him at Marseille, a good club.
âPlaying another season in Ligue 1 will be very important for his development. We will of course remain in close contact with William during the season and wish him all the best in France with Marseille. ‘