Arteta says Saliba’s future will be ‘decided soon’

Thu 10 December 2020 | 7:29

Saliba has failed to make a single appearance for the gunners since his £27 million transfer from Saint Etienne. Having left out of Arsenal’s 25-man squad for the Europa League, he’s expected to be loaned out during the January transfer window.

Having spent the 2019/20 campaign back on loan with his former club in Ligue 1,

William Saliba

was expected to be a key player this season for


. death of his mother soon after making his move to England made his adaption with Arsenal’s style of player harder.

Although he is widely expected to be loaned back to Saint Etienne,

Mikel Arteta

said a final decision on the defender’s future had yet to be made.

“It's something that we are discussing at the moment,”

said the Arsenal boss.

“The best thing for us to do. It will be decided soon.”  

The 19-year-old was involved in Arsenal’s u-21 and u-23 instead, he was sent off on Tuesday night during Arsenal’s U21s match


in the Football League at Plough Lane.

Arteta responded to the Arsenal’s fans’ expectations to see the highly-rated French in Arsenal's first-team saying:

“Whenever we have the spaces and we believe that he's ready to play with us.”

“To be fair, he's made massive improvements in the last few months and it's been a really tricky situation for him. As I mentioned before, designed a pathway for him and there were a lot of things that happened to him in his personal life and professionally as well.

“Now we've made some steps forwards, he's working really hard and played for the under-21s again.

“That was a good game because [Gabriel] Martinelli finally came back for 45 minutes, so I think it was a really positive day for us in terms of that.”

source: SportMob