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EPL: Arteta given reasons to play William Saliba

Timothy Aiyeku

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French defender William Saliba is yet to get his competitive debut for Arsenal in the Premier League as he has also been omitted from the Europa League squad for the season.

Mikel Arteta insists that he is yet to be ready for the challenge, stressing that the young defender needs a year of transition, yet he is kept at the club without a loan move.

Now that Rob Holding has been declared injured and is joined by David Luiz on the treatment table, the Spanish boss is left with little options for the centre-back role and that makes it necessary to consider William Saliba for a role in the Premier League.

Shkodran Mustafi is also available for selection in the Premier League with his return from injury but the dream partnership of William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes will be a delight to the fans against Man United.

William Saliba’s former manager Claude Puel has blasted Mikel Arteta for not making use of the French defender, insisting that he is a talent and would have remained with the French Ligue 1 outfit Saint Etienne.

Mikel Arteta has now been told that William Saliba will be a top signing by his old team-mate in the French Ligue 1 outfit.

Saint Etienne defender Hoard Moukoudi says the youngster has enormous potential can he can fulfill at the Emirates Stadium with the qualities he has. He, therefore, stressed that William Saliba needs the chance.

“With the qualities he has, I’m sure he will take the chance when he gets it.

“He has enormous potential and will succeed, I am sure of that” he told French outlet Football Transfer.

The decision is left for manager Mikel Arteta to make on the readiness of the player but from all indications, William Saliba is relaxed and ready to wait for his chance.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.