Saliba set to stay with Arsenal until at least January / What’s the potential impact?

No way out

It has been reported that Arsenal’s 19-year-old French defender William Saliba is set to be named in the Gunners’ Premier League squad.

This comes a week after a loan move to St. Etienne fell through, leaving the youngster without guaranteed football. Arsenal are of course well stocked in the centre-back department, having failed to move on surplus squad members over the summer.

Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis and Calum Chambers were all linked with moves away from the Emirates, but, in the end, nothing materialised. This lack of income led to Arsenal’s Deadline Day deal to land Thomas Partey requiring investment from ownership.

Perhaps even more concerning, though, is the fact that Saliba has been left in a state of limbo. In need of game-time to continue his development, it appears that the Frenchman may now struggle to see time on the pitch.

He recently featured for Arsenal’s under-23s in a 2-2 draw with Brighton. As such, it may be that Saliba finds his development take place at youth level, until further first-team opportunities arise.

The stopper’s exclusion from Mikel Arteta’s Europa League squad means that he will not have the opportunity to feature against any of Dundalk, Rapid Vienna or Molde.

Defensive switch

Following Arsenal’s signing of Thomas Partey, there is an opportunity for Arteta to experiment with further formations.

The Ghanaian’s arrival adds defensive security in midfield.

Arsenal’s use of a back-3 led to key wins against Manchester City and Chelsea in the FA Cup last season. Kieran Tierney has occupied the left centre-back slot, with one of David Luiz or new signing Gabriel Magalhaes in the central position. Rob Holding has played consistently on the right.

Their last outing, against Sheffield United, however, saw a changed Arsenal side revert to a back-4. Ceballos, Elneny and Saka made up the midfield. Tierney, Gabriel, Luiz and Bellerin moulded the nostalgic backline.

Arsenal were more attacking than in previous fixtures, but also undoubtedly defensively vulnerable. Sheffield United’s late consolation highlighted this.

The hope will be that the club’s deadline day upgrade in midfield, though, will see a continuation of the more offensive framework enabled, without sacrificing too much on the other side of the ball.

See also: Arteta leaves out Saliba for League Cup clash with Leicester / Possible reasons behind Arteta’s reluctance to play Frenchman

Explanations provided as Martinez & Saliba left out vs Fulham/Pair of Arsenal stars in heated exchange during warm-up


This article was edited by Conor Laird.

Arsenal betting odds, next game:

Arsenal vs Leicester odds: result, both teams to score, correct score & goalscorers

Arsenal vs Leicester Full time result
Arsenal
10/11
Draw
11/4
Leicester
14/5
Arsenal vs Leicester Result/Both teams scoreYesNo
Arsenal13/513/5
Leicester11/2
Draw7/212/1
Arsenal vs Leicester Correct Score
Arsenal
Leicester
Arsenal vs Leicester GoalscorersFirstLastAnytime
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang7/57/58/11
Jamie Vardy15/815/813/10
Alexandre Lacazette12/512/513/10
Eddie Nketiah13/513/57/5
Kelechi Iheanacho11/411/47/4

Arsenal's latest videos

Thomas Partey hits top bins! | Behind the scenes at Arsenal training centre
Thomas Partey hits top bins! | Behind the scenes at Arsenal training centre
Go behind the scenes at Arsenal training centre as the boys prepare for our…
2020-10-21T12:59:25Z
HIGHLIGHTS | Arsenal vs Manchester United (3-3) | Nelson, Balogun (2) | U23s
HIGHLIGHTS | Arsenal vs Manchester United (3-3) | Nelson, Balogun (2) | U23s
Folarin Balogun struck twice as our under-23s fought back to draw 3-3 with Manchester…
2020-10-21T09:24:11Z
Premier League table
#TeamMPDP
1Everton FC5713
2Aston Villa FC41012
3Liverpool FC5010
4Leicester City FC549
5Arsenal FC529
6Wolverhampton Wanderers FC5-29
7Tottenham Hotspur FC578
8Chelsea FC548
9West Ham United FC547
10Leeds United507
11Manchester City FC407
12Southampton FC5-17
13Newcastle United FC5-27
14Crystal Palace FC5-27
15Manchester United FC4-36
16Brighton & Hove Albion FC5-24
17West Bromwich Albion5-82
18Burnley FC4-51
19Sheffield United FC5-51
20Fulham FC5-81
Premier League 20/21
Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
PlayerTeamGoals
Son, Heung MinTottenham Hotspur FC7
Calvert-Lewin, DominicEverton FC7
Salah, MohamedLiverpool FC6
Kane, HarryTottenham Hotspur FC5
Vardy, JamieLeicester City FC5
Wilson, CallumNewcastle United FC4
Maupay, NealBrighton & Hove Albion FC4
Zaha, WilfriedCrystal Palace FC4
Ings, DannySouthampton FC4
Mane, SadioLiverpool FC4
Rodriguez, JamesEverton FC3
Grealish, JackAston Villa FC3
JorginhoChelsea FC3
Fernandes, BrunoManchester United FC3
Watkins, OllieAston Villa FC3
Lacazette, AlexandreArsenal FC3
Jimenez, RaulWolverhampton Wanderers FC3
Bamford, PatrickLeeds United3
Bowen, JarrodWest Ham United FC3
Rashford, MarcusManchester United FC2