Manager Mikel Arteta says William Saliba can stay at Saint-Étienne

Arsenal fans will have to wait longer before they get to see young William Saliba in North London.

The team with the worst defence is in major need of upgrades at the back but the player in the discussion here is not the player for that. The amount of pressure that will be placed on his shoulders to take on that responsibility is too much to ask of a19-year-old.

They have recently just announced the renewal of David Luiz‘s contract, extending his stay at the club for another season. Many have questioned Arteta for this and believe they are wasting a good amount of wages on a player that is error-prone.

Nevertheless, many were excited with the idea of William Saliba heading to the Emirates for the up and coming Premier League campaign. But Arteta knows and feels the player will get more game time in Ligue 1 with his current club, Saint-Étienne.

It will help with Mikel not having to worry about him and regular time on the pitch while trying to get positive results. It just reliefs a lot of stress for the Frenchman and the manager.

I think he needs to stay there. We’ve got an agreement with Saint-Etienne, he’s been over there all year. He has earned the right to play in that final if the manager wants to do that. I think we have to give him the opportunity to do that, to enjoy that and we can have him after that.

I spoke with him a few times. He has been around a few times here as well. We have been following his season. As a young player, he had a difficult season with injuries that he had but it is part of his process. (Via:

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Arsenal have a trick up their sleeve?

If Arteta doesn’t feel the need to try new things at the club such as William Saliba, the Gunners must have more suitable players in mind who are first-team ready. But this problem needs to be sorted out by the club now sooner than later.

They do not want to find themselves relegation-threatened come midway through the season. They have conceded six goals and kept one clean sheet in four games since returning back to action. Letting goals in like this is costing them their fight for European football.

Just another season isn’t too long and the best option. He will be more matured and a bit more ready for a bench role in the first team.