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What Arsenal’s William Saliba learned from his loan spells

Arsenal centre-back William Saliba has revealed what he learned from his loan spells away from the Gunners.

Saliba, despite signing for Arsenal in 2019, was made to wait until 2022/23 to make a competitive appearance for the Gunners.

Instead, the stopper was loaned out on three occasions, most recently plying his trade in France with Marseille.

And though he lacked some experience, Saliba was a key cog in Marseille’s backline, who boasted one of the best defensive records in Ligue 1 last term.

Before that, Saliba spent time on loan with Nice and his last permanent club before Arsenal, Saint Etienne.

Now, after firmly cementing himself in Mikel Arteta’s plans, the stopper has been discussing what he learned from his three loan spells.

When describing his key takeaway from his loan moves, Saliba told Canal Plus, via GFFN. “That football is hard!

Saliba impressed in stints at Saint-Etienne, Nice and Marseille before a long-awaited opportunity in the Arsenal squad.

Upon his return to north London, the 21-year-old held confirmed he held talks with Arteta about his role in the team:

“We spoke a bit at the beginning of the season,” said the Frenchman.

“He was happy with what I did whilst on loan. He’s a very good coach, who really knows what he’s doing. He is clear in everything that he says. He has helped me integrate quickly into this system of play.

“Every day he gives advice to be better on the pitch.”

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