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Mathieu Debuchy encourages Saliba to return to Saint Etienne

Sat 28 November 2020 | 11:23

Former Gunners defender believes that Arsenal outcast can have a place in Saint Etienne’s squad.

William Saliba

joined

Arsenal

with a £27 million deal in 2019 and was immediately returned to his old club to spend another season on loan before joining the North London club. The French defender joined Mikel Arteta’s team at the start of the 2020-21 season but still has not managed to make it into Arteta’s senior squad. He has five appearances for the club’s Under-23s but is yet to make his debut for the Gunners first team. However, the player’s old club is keen to see him back on a January transfer as the team’s captain and former Arsenal player Mathieu Debuchy has admitted that

Saint Etienne

has never been the same since Saliba’s departure.

"I’m sure in the current state we need two or three players to complete this squad, " the ex-Arsenal full-back told Telefoot. "Whether it is in defence and perhaps also in attack. I trust the coach to provide these solutions.

"William… we know his qualities. He was very impressive at Saint Etienne.

"Unfortunately for him at Arsenal the start didn’t go the way he wanted it to, I think. There is William, there is Wesley [Fofana], these are two defenders who left us and who did incredibly well so it was loss.

"If William wants to come back this winter he will be welcome and he will have the advantage of knowing the team."

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source: SportMob