Four clubs make ‘enquiries’ for Arsenal defender who has ‘no intention of being a spare part’

Date published: Wednesday 1st June 2022 10:06 - Joe Williams

Arsenal loanee William Saliba looks disappointed

Arsenal defender William Saliba is attracting interest from a number of clubs after reports he is demanding regular football next season.

Since joining the Gunners in July 2019, Saliba has been on multiple loan deals after failing to make a competitive appearance for Mikel Arteta’s outfit.

He rejoined Saint-Etienne on loan for the second half of the 2019/20 season before being loaned out to Nice and Marseille respectively over the past two campaigns.

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Saliba has played 52 matches for Marseille this season and has impressed for Jorge Sampaoli’s side, who finished as runners-up to Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1.

And that has seen a number of Arsenal fans call on Arteta to bring him back next season and integrate him into the current Gunners side.

Gabriel and Ben White have formed a good partnership in defence this campaign and there are some doubts as to whether Saliba would go straight into the team or be a back-up option.

Get French Football News reported on Saturday that Saliba ‘has no intention of being a spare part’ at Arsenal this season as he looks to kick his career on.

And the same website claims today that ‘Atletico Madrid, Leicester City, Napoli and Newcastle United have all made enquires’ for Saliba as they describe his current situation as a ‘key moment for him with the World Cup not long away’.

Saliba, who has two caps for France, will need regular game time in the first few months of the season if he wants to make Didier Deschamps’ squad for the winter World Cup in Qatar.

But Arteta said last week that Saliba “has to come back” to Arsenal after his successful loan spell at Marseille, which gave him the necessary “experience” to “be competitive” at the Emirates Stadium.

Arteta said: “He has to come back. He has the experience and has been in the necessary environment in order to be competitive with us.

“If he had stayed with us this year, where we had one Premier League game every week, with Ben White and Gabriel, he wouldn’t have had half the playing time he had with Marseille, that’s for sure.

“For his growth and what he can do next season, that wouldn’t have been good.

“William wasn’t with us because he wouldn’t have had the playing time to gain experience. That’s it, there’s nothing else.”


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