Ebene News – UA – Saliba to meet with senior officials of Arteta and Arsenal to discuss January plans

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French media reported this morning that William Saliba is expected to leave Arsenal on loan in January A report from L’Equipe, which describes the Frenchman’s relationship with Arsenal as a ‘failed marriage’, says a meeting is scheduled for determine the short-term future of the 19-year-old

Saliba arrived at Arsenal in 2019 for £ 27million from St Etienne The then-18-year-old France youth international returned to his childhood club on loan for the remainder of the season

However, due to injuries and the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Saliba was unable to play consistently throughout the season, which interrupted much of his development needed for a back to departure for Arsenal

French Montpellier striker Gaitan Laborde (L) vies with French Saint-Étienne defender William Saliba (R) in the French L1 soccer match between Saint-Etienne (ASSE) and Montpellier (MHSC) on May 10 2019, at Geoffroy Stade Guichard in Saint-Etienne, central France (Photo by JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK / AFP / Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta therefore hesitated to include Saliba in his senior squad and the Frenchman played with the youth squad in the Under 23 competitions

Now, as L’Equipe reports, his agent is flying to London in the coming days to discuss his immediate future and figure out what January has in store for his client Arsenal are said to be sending the youngster on loan on next month to gain senior first-team experience with the likelihood that he can return this summer and therefore be in a much better position to play for the first team

St Etienne should be interested again but there is also the possibility of moving to an English club to help acclimatize to the rigors of the Premier League

Questions will be raised as to whether Arsenal handled William Saliba’s situation properly The short answer is obviously no

Spending a significant amount of money on a young player and then having him play all of his matches for the youth team without even a call to the Premier League team, let alone the starting lineup, will do nothing for the player confidence Whether in himself or in the club that bought him

The bottom line is that the club should have arranged a loan for the player this summer and the evidence suggests the opportunity was there for Saliba to return to St Etienne Manager Claude Puel even explained how the clubs pretty much agreed to everything and it was Arsenal who let the player down on the last day of the window

Beyond that, one has to wonder why Saliba was not used in the squad at all Here at 101, we did a tactical analysis of the Frenchman’s performance against Gillingham in the EFL trophy

There was evidence the pass was erratic and his position was Saliba found himself in risky situations, even earning a red card towards the end of the match for knocking out the last man There were a lot of positives though, especially defensively with his tackle and presence

Saliba also received a red card in his last EFL Trophy match against Wimbledon Winning a second yellow for a tackle in the midst of a fight for a loose ball

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 30: William Saliba of Arsenal during the Premier League 2 game between Arsenal and Liverpool at Meadow Park on October 30, 2020 in Borehamwood, England (Photo by David Price / Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

It could be that the club have watched these performances and determined that Saliba is not yet ready for the rigors of senior football in England

Still, it’s hard to support the opposite argument when a player like Shkodran Mustafi is sitting on the bench for Arsenal and has yet to sign a new deal and will therefore be leaving the club for free this summer.

Why keep investing in a player who is unlikely to be here in 6 months when the club have just invested £ 27million in a very exciting promising defender?

A loan for Saliba will be good, I hope he can hone a lot of his passing skills and come back to the side with more experience with more determination to prove his worth to Arsenal coaches

One ridiculous statistic summed up not only Arsenal’s terrible start against Man City, but everything that’s wrong with the Gunners right now

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Ebene News – UA – Saliba to meet senior officials of Arteta and Arsenal to discuss January plans

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