Mikel Arteta has declared that William Saliba is in his first-team plans for subsequent season following the French defender’s return to Arsenal.
Saliba has spent the final three seasons on mortgage to a few totally different French golf equipment, and earned a lot of reward for his performances for Marseille final time period as he helped them to complete second in Ligue 1.
The 21-year-old has now linked up with the Arsenal squad for his or her pre-season tour of america and he performed 71 minutes of the Gunners’ 2-0 victory over Everton on Sunday morning.
Saliba is more likely to be eager to drive his method into rivalry for a beginning spot within the coronary heart of Arsenal’s defence subsequent season as he appears to assist the Gunners problem for a top-four end.
Though Arteta says that he can’t assured a beginning spot to anybody in his squad, he additionally revealed that the French defender is firmly in his plans for subsequent season.
As quoted by Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Arteta mentioned: “William Saliba is within the plans, I’m excited to see him.
“We are able to’t assure first-team soccer to anyone on this crew however the ones we actually see and assume are going to take us to the following stage, they’re going to be taking part in a whole lot of minutes.”
Arteta additionally revealed his delight on the method Saliba carried out towards Everton in Baltimore because the defender helped the Gunners to maintain a clear sheet within the pre-season win.
Talking at his post-match news conference, Arteta mentioned of Saliba: “He was actually good. I feel he performed a very good recreation, he seemed actually composed, right away from day one he seemed utterly focussed, he’s developed the best way we needed and right this moment I feel he had a terrific efficiency.”
Saliba, who got here via the AS Bondy youth system, made his senior worldwide debut for France this 12 months and has been capped 5 occasions in whole since then. He made 36 league appearances for Marseille final time period as they completed as runners-up behind PSG in Ligue 1.