Arteta confirms Arsenal are ‘talking’ about January loan exit for William Saliba in puzzling comments after cup defeat to Man City

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Some Arsenal fans were left livid after big-money talent William Saliba was completely left out of the squad for tonight’s tie against Manchester City, with Mikel Arteta questioned on the ace after the defeat.

Arteta was quizzed on why the 19-year-old – who is yet to make his competitive debut for the Gunners – was shunned despite rotation to the backline for the Carabao Cup quarter-finals clash.

Then came some pretty confusing comments from Arteta, the Arsenal boss seemed to suggest that Saliba wasn’t selected as he didn’t believe that the defender would be eligible for the EFL cup tie.

Rules state that any player that is registered/available for the Premier League – in this case Saliba automatically is as someone under the age of 21 – are also eligible for League Cup games.

Arteta brushed over the journalist’s search for clarification on the apparent blunder from the boss and the club, before the Spaniard commented on Saliba’s immediate future with the side.

Arsenal’s former captain turned boss confirmed they are ‘talking about’ a January loan exit for the promising defender, in a move that would offer the ace regular first-team football.

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Arteta: “Yeah, but he cannot be involved because he’s not in the squad.”

Journalist: “He’s not in the squad? I was under the impression he was eligible to play in the EFL games?”

Arteta: “No, we made that decision with him and we will see what we’re going to do in January.”

Journalist: “So is the plan to loan him out?”

Arteta: “We are talking about it, yes.”

Saliba was signed last summer for a fee of £27m as per BBC Sport, with that transfer deal seeing the ace spend last season back with his boyhood club Saint-Etienne.

Unfortunately, injury troubles and Ligue 1 deciding to curtail the season left Saliba with much less action than anyone would’ve hoped for, making his case to feature this term even more difficult.

Effectively as the new Premier League season started, Arteta could call on his in-form defenders that finished impressively in England’s summer restart – plus new recruit Gabriel Magalhaes – whilst Saliba’s last bit of action came at the start of March.

Saliba has instead been left to featured at Under-23s/Under-21s level this season, appearing six times in Premier League 2 and twice as the side were knocked out of the EFL Trophy.

The France Under-20s international has shown a glimpse of the quality he could bring to the struggling first-team, but once again things out of Saliba’s hands have prevented him from having a chance.

Arteta was seemingly confused regarding the registration and eligibility rules during his post-match conference, that may be an unforgivable blunder that could impact Saliba come January.

An impressive outing could’ve shown that the ace was ready for first-team action, but the fact that he didn’t have that opportunity may well weigh into the club’s decision regarding a loan exit.

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  1. Arsenal has become a cowboy team, u spend £27m on a player but don’t kno wot to do wit him? He is left wasting away while the team is struggling big time, why do u pay dat kind of money for player u ain’t even going to have a look in at all? This is one of the blunders that made me believe poor decisions is destroying this club, they paid millions to kill the club!! I bet A novice could come in to arsenal and take a better decisions than the group of fraudulent people in there at the moment

  2. let me tell you guys, william will be like other players that arsenal lost in many years like
    1.serge gnabry
    and many more.why saliba in loan?for me I think there is a big problem there in arsenal dressing room

  3. the board are a disgrace they are hoping get 1 or 2 signings and hey presto problem solved , arteta is out of his depth what are the board waiting for when we get relegated i hope the fans come next season remember this and all boycott to force these parasites out of our club

  4. the arsenal club is dying and mesut oxil shall be back to field arteta don’t joke with this club where are taking this club arsenal

  5. saliba is more proffesion than mustafi n holding so pliz arteta bring this man n lets see his fruits dnt b too easy to judge wenger believed djorou so wot abt ya

  6. pliz arteta give saliba chnce dnt be too easy to judge fault fix him wt magalehase partey n ozil n smithrowe lets see wat happen pepe n martinelli

  7. First thing Arsenal need to do is to STOP dealing with Kia Jooribian, he is the agent of LUIZ WILLIAM, and EDU coincidence or what. Bring back Saliba and Ozil and stop buying or loaning old has beens. Do not play Runnarsun again and play Macey. Worst thing we ever did was to sell out to Kroenke.

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