A number of Arsenal fans have urged Mikel Arteta to name William Saliba in the Gunners starting XI for tomorrow’s League Cup trip to Liverpool.
Arsenal signed the talented 19-year-old centre-back last summer from Saint-Etienne, but he was loaned back as part of the deal, helping them reach the French Cup final.
With Saliba now at the Emirates Stadium, manager Mikel Arteta has resisted the temptation to throw him into the first-team picture right away.
To date, the defender has made two competitive matchday squads, making the substitutes’ bench against Liverpool in the Community Shield and against Leicester in the League Cup.
The Telegraph claimed last week that Saliba was in line to make his debut against the Foxes, but the report proved wide of the mark as he remained an unused substitute.
With another cup clash coming up, some Gunners fans on social media want to see Saliba in action against what is likely to be a much changed Liverpool team.
Below are some of the comments:
No more excuses, I wanna see Gabriel & Saliba in the team on Thursday. Screw trying to get them to settle, let them learn on the job
— Doc ⏲ (@DocAFC_) September 28, 2020
Gabriel and Saliba
Pepe Nketiah Saka Nelson to feature
— Ole (@OleGunner) September 29, 2020
If Saliba isn’t deemed ready for Leicester last week I don’t see him being picked for Liverpool but he should. Holding needs a rest.
— Arsene’s Army (@ArsenesArmy) September 29, 2020
Hopefully, we’ll see Saliba in the starting lineup tomorrow against Liverpool.
— Raf 🔴⚪ (@goonerforever_) September 30, 2020
Team I want to see arsenal play tomorrow night against Liverpool.. runarson, saliba and Gabriel play together, take your pick for other back 3 spot, Cedric for a run out, Willock, and give ceballos and elneny half a game each, saka on left, Pepe, Eddie and nelson #LIVARS #COYG
— Liam (@Liam4244) September 30, 2020
My team for tomorrow’s game against Liverpool
Saliba Luiz Gabriel
Cedric Ceballos Xhaka Saka
Pepe Nketiah Nelson
Leno, Luiz and Xhaka the only one to keep their place
Strong bench with Auba, Willian and Laca all there
They will make a lot of changes so happy to go with this
— Sebastian AFC (@sebas8santos) September 30, 2020
Saliba should start please
— @thegunner🇬🇭 (@kpodo_elorm) September 30, 2020
I better see Saliba playing tomorrow .. 🧐
— المختار (@MayJahh) September 30, 2020
Strong lineup🔥 Would love to see Reiss and Saliba get some game time
— 🇳🇴Henry (@afchenryy) September 30, 2020