Mikel Arteta confirms William Saliba will be part of his plans this season as French defender is set to make first Arsenal appearance since signing three years ago July 17, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

Mikel Arteta has confirmed that William Saliba is a part of his plans at Arsenal this season.

The French defender first joined the Gunners back in 2019 from Saint Etienne for a fee of around £27million, however he’s yet to make a first team appearance for the club.

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Saliba (left) impressed in Arsenal’s win over Everton in the USA

The French defender was hugely impressive during his time with Marseille last term

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The French defender was hugely impressive during his time with Marseille last term

Since then, the 21-year-old has enjoyed loan spells with Saint-Etienne, Nice and most recently, Marseille where he shone during the 2021/22 campaign with 51 appearances under his belt.

With speculation that the French giants were keen to sign the centre-back on a permanent basis, speculation was rising around Arsenal’s long-term plans for Saliba with some suggesting that he wouldn’t be handed a chance to shine in the Premier League.

However, Arteta has since spoken out on the starlet’s future and insisted that he’s very much going to be a part of his first team squad this term.

He said before Arsenal’s win over Everton in Baltimore: “William is in my plans and we are all excited to watch him.

“He’s a proper talent who showed what he can do at Marseille.

“The way our relationship started was not a typical thing to do but the plan was always to buy him and send him on loan.


Arteta is keen to see his team strengthened this term

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Arteta is keen to see his team strengthened this term

Although he’s been on Arsenal’s books for three years, Saliba will feel like a new signing

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Although he’s been on Arsenal’s books for three years, Saliba will feel like a new signing

“We have been trying to prepare him in the best possible way for what he faces in the Premier League.

“We cannot guarantee first-team football to anyone. But I guarantee players who take us to the next level are going to play a lot of minutes.

“He’s improved in so many areas.  All the time he has been abroad has built confidence in him.”

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