Saliba's situation is strange, says Winterburn

Fri 04 December 2020 | 20:11

Former Arsenal full-back prefers Saliba to go to Championship with a loan deal.


rushed into signing


and let the player stay in Saint-Etienne for a year. After his loan spell in French, Saliba is finally in Arsenal but his situation is strange.

Saliba has not made his competitive debut for Arsenal and is urged to spend a loan period in Championship. The former Gunners full-back, 

Nigel Winterburn 

told FreeSuperTips:

“The whole William Saliba situation at Arsenal is a strange one. When we signed him, fans were thinking he was going to be a sensational signing for many years to come, but it’s not happened to be like that as of yet. 

“We aren’t fully aware of the issues he has faced since coming to London, but it’s clear to see that he is struggling to settle in his new surroundings.


Mikel Arteta

felt that Saliba wasn’t ready for the Premier League, but with all the issues surrounding Arsenal at the moment, it is hard to keep up with it.

“If he isn’t going to be put back into the squad in January, then he will need to go out on loan and play for another team to get minutes. 

“I would prefer for his loan to be in England as he could go to a team in the Championship and it will toughen him up, whereas if he went on loan abroad, it might make him realise that he’s made the wrong decision coming to Arsenal.”



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