Some Arsenal fans on social media have expressed their desire to see William Saliba handed his debut for the club against Leicester City in the EFL Cup tomorrow.
The defender has not yet been seen in Mikel Arteta’s first-team squad in 2020/21 following his £27 million move from Saint-Etienne (BBC Sport), although he was on the bench for Community Shield and did face Aston Villa in a pre-season friendly.
The Spaniard has so far resisted temptation to call on the teenager, using Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes and Kieran Tierney against Fulham and then Sead Kolasinac replacing the injured Scot against West Ham United.
At the moment Arsenal have Shkodran Mustafi and Pablo Mari injured, so some have been a little perplexed as to why Saliba has not been in and around the first-team.
But it seems clear that Arteta wants to ease Saliba in.
The Frenchman did appear for the U23s against Brighton on Friday, and he may be hoping to finally see some first-team minutes at the King Power Stadium.
The third-round clash with the Foxes could very well be a good opportunity for Saliba to prove his Premier League credentials to Arteta.
One might think there’s a realistic chance of him starting, as he has been pictured in training with the first-team ahead of the clash.
It is certainly something a lot of Arsenal fans on Twitter want to see:
My XI to face Leicester (realistically)
— Barnes Kiva (@2K6arn3s) September 22, 2020
Expect to see Saliba start vs Leicester tomorrow. Could we potentially see Ozil & Guendouzi in the squad too? https://t.co/Epm5hIyVgu
— Gunners Live (@GunnersLiveAFC) September 22, 2020
I’m expecting Saliba to start vs Leicester.
— Con Sólo (@_ConorHig) September 22, 2020
Saliba has to play against Leicester tomorrow
— Equinox (@AyZero11) September 22, 2020
Saliba has to be in the defense against Leicester tomorrow for sure
— trevor (@trevoredore) September 22, 2020
Saliba has to start against Leicester
— 𝓦𝓲𝓵𝓵𝓲𝓪𝓶 𝓦𝓪𝓵𝓲𝓫𝓪 (@WiloSzn2) September 20, 2020
Excited for the cup game against Leicester on wednesday. Hope to see youngsters like Saliba, Reiss, Willock and maybe Azeez being given a chance.
— 🇳🇴Henry (@afchenryy) September 21, 2020
he better start
— finley☔️ (@afcfinley1) September 22, 2020
Can’t wait to see saliba
— Cody Bristow (@C99Cody1) September 22, 2020
— Tom 🌊🌊 (@AMNwrld) September 22, 2020