Two months after his loan to OM ends, William Saliba is worried about his future at Arsenal. His manager Mikel Arteta responded in cash.
William Saliba questions his future at Arsenal
Blooming in Marseille, William Saliba he is aware that not everything necessarily depends only on his will regarding his future. Still under contract with Arsenal for the next two years, the central defender trained at AS Saint-Étienne does not necessarily rule out continuing with theMarseille Olympicbut he would especially like to know the intentions of the English club towards him.
“Obviously I can’t be on the Arsenal bench and be happy. I want to play as a starter. Then, if I enter the rotation as a substitute, it’s not like staying in the U23s and never being on the squad.”said Jorge Sampaoli’s protégé in an interview with the newspaper L’Équipe before admitting that his agent is still in contact with Arsenal officials. “They are often in contact with my agent (Djibril Niang). They send me messages (…) I have not played much with the Gunners. The coach (Mikel Arteta) has made his decisions, that’s life (…) Although there are times when you ask yourself questions. For six months I saw that I was the only one in the group who did not play, it hurt me “he added.
Looking ahead to next season, William Saliba confesses that the possibility of playing in the Champions League could greatly influence his choice. On the London side, the Gunners coach admits that he does not close his eyes to what his player does in Ligue 1.
OM Mercato: Mikel Arteta ready to give Saliba a chance?
Acting in OM, William Saliba He still belongs to Arsenal, who bought him for €30m from AS Saint-Étienne in July 2019. While the 21-year-old centre-back raises questions about the rest of his career with the Gunners, who never really gave him a chance. , Mikel Arteta wanted to assure him of his interest in him. Present at a press conference this Saturday, the coach of the London club recognized in particular that the departure of the French neo-international could not leave anyone indifferent.
“I haven’t spoken to him since (his first steps with the Blues), but obviously we are very aware of what he does and his development. He is our player and we are very happy with the decision we made. He gets the minutes and the exposure and the responsibility and the growth at his age was not something we could guarantee here this season. And what is happening to him makes a lot of sense and we are happy to see how he is improving”, said the Spanish coach.
Still linked to Arsenal until June 30, 2024, Saliba should return to London at the end of the season and Arteta could finally integrate him into their rotation next season. Unless the Bondy native decides to continue his progression away from the Emirates Stadium. Olympique de Marseille would like to keep him permanently, but he seems cooled by the competition and the figures that could come out in this file.