The former Gunners defender believes Arsenal have made a clever decision by sending the young defender out on loan.
with a £27 million deal,
joined the Gunners in 2019. The French defender was not able to live up to expectations at Emirates Stadium and he is yet to make a senior appearance forArsenal
. Saliba joinedNice
on a loan deal in January and he has developed himself into a key player for the Ligue 1 side. The 20-year-old has featured in 12 league matches for the Eagles while establishing a reputation as one of the best young defenders of the French top-flight.
insists the young defender must still be considered as a choice for the Gunners' backline.
“I’m not surprised because he has joined the best league in the world. Being good in France is totally different to proving himself in the Premier League.
“I still have trust in him, I think he is a good player and he can adapt to Arsenal because I’ve seen him play many times.
“He is doing well at Nice and has probably been their best player. At that age you need to be playing. He has big potential and in France people know it.
“Sending him away is not a bad thing, it’s not a punishment. To me it’s clever to send him [on loan] rather than him being on the bench or not even being in the squad.”
Arsenal will play againstLiverpool
in their next Premier League match on April 3.