A fresh insight into the future of Arsenal talent William Saliba has been forthcoming on Monday evening.
Allianz Riviera stint
French starlet Saliba has of course spent the last couple of months plying his trade in Ligue 1, with OGC Nice.
This comes with the 20-year-old having endured an altogether disappointing opening half to the campaign in north London, during which he was restricted to outings with Arsenal’s youth sides.
Saliba has since, though, gone on to enjoy a solid stint back in his home country.
The former Saint-Etienne man quickly established himself as a mainstay in Nice’s backline upon his arrival, forming an encouraging partnership with fellow loanee Jean-Clair Todibo.
All told, Saliba has notched 20 appearances across all competitions, including 18 Ligue 1 starts.
The Arsenal loanee was even named Player of the Month by Les Aiglons’ fans back in February, on the back of his first five appearances in the club’s colours.
🦅 Aiglon @credit_agri_PCA de janvier
â OGC Nice (@ogcnice) February 6, 2021
Arteta ready to reconsider
Saliba’s fine form back in France, though, has done little to quell the constant chatter surrounding Arsenal’s treatment of the young stopper.
Many remain of the opinion that the teen should have been handed the opportunity to impress as part of Mikel Arteta’s first-team squad over the opening half of the campaign, with the club having been overly harsh in their treatment of a potential star in the making.
But, as outlined above, if the latest word doing the rounds in the media on Monday is to be believed, then those who remain hopeful of seeing Saliba step into Arsenal’s backline in the not-so-distant future are set to be handed a boost this summer.
This comes amid claims that Mikel Arteta is ready to hand the defender the chance to earn a spot in the club’s first-team setup, ahead of next season.
As per the reliable Mark Mann-Bryans of the Press Association, Saliba ‘will be part’ of Arsenal’s pre-season training programme.
Not only that, but the stopper is expected to be kept around for the beginning of the 2021/22 campaign, hinting Saliba could finally be handed his senior bow for the Gunners later this year.
Understand that, as things stand, William Saliba will be part of the Arsenal set-up during pre-season and the start of the 2021/22 campaign.
Plans are to involve the defender in all first-team affairs when he returns from Nice. #AFC
â Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) May 10, 2021
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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