Arsenal starlet still won’t get a first-team chance next season as eight clubs linked with a loan move

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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:


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  1. I get it, he doesn’t think Ballard or Saliba are ready for the premier league with arsenal at the moment. One has played international football, the other top flight football but only in France and cost £27m.

    However, neither player was signed by Arteta, they are quite simply not his players and he needs more proof. Likewise he is not totally comfortable with Holding and Mavropanos or Xhaka, Elneny and many more.

    We all want him to play this player that player sign this one sign that one, but he is the manager, so to judge him it has to be on the team that he assembles. That will be after this window. Come then of November he will be judged and he will remain as coach or be gone.

  2. A Wasting club, how do u spend 27m on a player then the coach refuse to use him whereas his ex club partner is a regular in another PM team doing better than arsenal, I bet this is another guendozie issue, how can any sane person respect the coach opinion on a player every other manager think very highly of? coach can’t handle out spoken
    players just like Wenger! I guess this a good reason why d kronkes are reluctant to waste their money on d club, so sad!!

  3. We have a great set of youth, waisting talent…

    They are way ahead of Arteta in term of devellopment. He is a rookie, was an assistant season ago. Guessing.

    Not ready for such a club, but midtable we spend all season at, between 9-12th spots mainly. Finishing 8th is total losers spot, miss EL which should be a bad season.

    We had potential to make it to Top4 with the most complete squad in decade strong. But non coach at that level.

    How do we loan Kolas, no back up for Tierny? To Force Xhaka there? Why play Auba as a LW ? Then still Wonder why not scoring…

    We go After players to sacrifice our young talents. Do we néed to worry on CB today as priority target?

    Disagree, we need to back up Tierny first. Then look for a talented playmaker.

    WE have more than enough elsewhere. Unless a beast as koulibali from Napoli adding expérience too, we dont need CB …

    In middle WE have Partey and Niles to back him up, and not Elneny. Athletico Madrid considers him to replace Partey! Maybe then Arteta will get it.

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