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Mikel Arteta insists that ‘there is room’ for William Saliba in Arsenal’s plans while he stars in Marseille

William Saliba could FINALLY have a chance to fight for the Arsenal spot next season as Mikel Arteta insists there is ‘room’ for the Frenchman in his Gunners plans as the defender impresses with the Marseille loan.

  • Arsenal defender William Saliba is on loan to Marseille in Ligue 1 this season
  • The center-back impressed with an impressive performance against PSG
  • Arteta revealed that gunner chiefs Edu and Ben Knapper were looking at him
  • Saliba has yet to appear in Arsenal’s first team, but that could change


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William Saliba is playing his way back to Mikel Arteta’s plans on the French Riviera, with the Arsenal boss weighing up the role of the center-back next season.

The 20-year-old is playing a crucial role for Marseille during a season-long loan from the French team, his third short-term stint since joining Arsenal for £ 27 million in 2019.

Saliba led PSG in a 0-0 draw between fierce Ligue 1 rivals, with the imposing central manager keeping Messi, Neymar, Mbappé and Di María quiet, all under the watchful eye of his parent club.

William Saliba is causing a sensation at Marseille during his one-season loan to Arsenal

William Saliba is causing a sensation at Marseille during his one-season loan to Arsenal

Mikel Arteta has yet to give Saliba his first Gunners outing, believing the Frenchman is not ready.

Mikel Arteta has yet to give Saliba his first Gunners outing, believing the Frenchman is not ready.

Mikel Arteta has yet to give Saliba his first Gunners outing, believing the Frenchman is not ready.

“As a club, we are always in touch,” Arteta said.

They went to see that game. Edu (technical director) and Ben Knapper (loan manager) were there to watch and keep a close eye on him and the progress he is making.

“Obviously he is our player and we do it with all the loaned players we have.”

When asked if Saliba will be part of his plans with the first team next season, Arteta replied: ‘That is a decision that we will make in the summer. Obviously he is our player and naturally that will happen. We will have to sit down and decide what the next step is.

The imposing central defender Kylian Mbappé and company in a 0-0 draw with the PSG giants

The imposing central defender Kylian Mbappé and company in a 0-0 draw with the PSG giants

The imposing central defender Kylian Mbappé and company in a 0-0 draw with the PSG giants

Arsenal technical director Edu visited the Stadium Velodrome to see the defender play

Arsenal technical director Edu visited the Stadium Velodrome to see the defender play

Arsenal technical director Edu visited the Stadium Velodrome to see the defender play

‘I think there is room (for Saliba with Ben White and Gabriel). Again, it will depend on what happens with other players and that is not a conversation to have now.

Saliba has donned a red Arsenal Under-23 team jersey, but has yet to appear with the first team in more than two years at the club.

The six-foot-four defender was loaned directly to Saint-Etienne after joining in 2019, but stayed in North London for the start of the 2020-21 season.

The Gooners expected him to play a key role, but as match days passed, there was no sign of the Frenchman.

Saliba had to wait in the Arsenals U23 team before moving to Nice in January last year.

Saliba had to wait in the Arsenals U23 team before moving to Nice in January last year.

Saliba had to wait in the Arsenals U23 team before moving to Nice in January last year.

He was linked to a permanent move out of London in January, but was instead sent on loan to Nice, saying: “He judged me in two and a half games.” I would have liked for him [Arteta] to play me more. But she told me she wasn’t ready.

Before Saliba’s third loan to Marseille, Arteta said: ‘And now he needs to play, play and play and enjoy his profession as well. And to do that I think we found the right club with him.

He is very happy to have got there now. Hopefully he can enjoy his football and be prepared for next season. ”

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