Major implications for Arsenal star’s future as Arteta settles on preferred partnership in key area

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Arsenal could reportedly decide to sell William Saliba this summer as there doesn’t seem to be a first-team plan for him under Mikel Arteta.

According to Football Insider, Gunners boss Arteta is keen not to break up the central defensive pairing of Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes, so that doesn’t leave room for Saliba.

The report adds that Arsenal have been told by Marseille that they’d be keen to make Saliba’s loan permanent this summer, so there should be an option there for the young France international if he does decide to leave the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal fans will surely be concerned by this news, as Saliba looks a terrific prospect with a big future in the game.

William Saliba is on loan at Marseille

The north London giants notably let Serge Gnabry leave when he was a youngster without ever really giving him much of a chance, and he’s now a star player for Bayern Munich and the German national team.

Saliba looks like a player with similar potential, and one imagines Arsenal would live to regret it if they didn’t give him more of an opportunity.

At the same time, however, White and Magalhaes look a fine partnership and it makes sense that Arteta wants to build around them.

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  1. The only problem is Arteta not William Saliba one you will keenly understand is Arteta is only liking the players he signed otherwise he has no business allowing Saliba to go on loan in the first place but he will be the highest criminal coach if he allow William Saliba to leave Arsenal and that will mark his end as an Arsenal coach even when Gabriel came he complimented Saliba to Gabriel is full time Arsenal star Arteta have not told us Saliba’s sin but I suspect may be he does not want Saliba to relate with Goundoezi which is impossible as his only country man in the squad but let’s see how it goes now he Arteta has allowed Goundoezi go but if Arteta did not stop some of his attitude he will ruin his coaching career he seems to be racist but he is hiding it if Arteta will allow Mari in an Arsenal shirt by time he allowed Saliba go on loan is it not criminal?

  2. Your command of the English language is ‘criminal’ George.
    Not kwite shaw what you is trying to espouse old boy

  3. Just could not understand that Mari, Holding and Chambers were injured and registered in both premier league and Europa cup league squad to play, while Saliba was not registered. It’s a real shame how Arteta has been so unfair to Saliba, just like he has been to Nketiah and Elneny. That 50m spent on White, should have been used to buy a quality Striker or a quality central midfielder instead, There is nothing extra special about White and Gabriel defensive partnership. Here’s the league best teams defensively: 1.)Manchester city 33 games, 21 goals conceded, 2.)Liverpool 33 games, 22 goals, 3.) Chelsea 32 games, 27 goals, 4.)Wolves 33 games, 29 goals, 5.)Tottenham 33 games, 38 goals, 6.)Arsenal 33 games, 40 goals. 7.)Crystal palace 32 games, 41 goals and 8.)Brighton 34 games, 42 goals conceded. Top teams like Liverpool and Manchester city have quality depth in every position. They each have four quality center backs, so why can’t Arsenal do the same and have at least three. Saliba is surely an upgrade on both Gabriel and White and his age should not be used against him. He must be given the chance to prove his worth at Arsenal. His former junior defensive partner at St.Ettienne has proven himself for West ham, so, Saliba must be integrated and allowed to do the same for Arsenal. Saliba is currently a member of defending World Cup Champions, France. How can he be not good enough for Arsenal. Arteta needs to fix this or get the f..k out.

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