There are many things you can say about Mikel Arteta’s management style, but it’s fair to suggest that he’s absolutely consistent with his opinion on a player after making his initial mind up.
There’s something bizarre about the William Saliba situation as many seem to rate him as one of the best defensive talents in Europe, but Arteta seemingly refuses to think he’s even worthy of a first-team chance.
Arsenal’s defence was one of the stronger units last season in terms of goals conceded and the departure of David Luiz left an obvious gap for Saliba to fill, but a report from Footmercato states that won’t be the case.
It’s suggested that Arteta still doesn’t rate him and he doesn’t think he’s ready for senior football at the Emirates just now, and there are eight clubs from various countries who are willing to take him on loan.
Perhaps it is the best thing for his long-term development, but there will be Arsenal fans wondering who on earth approved the £27m fee that was spent on him when they had so many other holes to fill in the squad: