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Arsenal star could 'play through the pain' this international break, Gunners will 'nervously' keep eye on him - Watts
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Arsenal star could 'play through the pain' this international break, Gunners will 'nervously' keep eye on him - Watts

Arsenal star William Saliba could be forced to ‘play through the pain’ during the international break, with journalist Charles Watts stating that the Gunners will ‘nervously’ keep an eye on him

Saliba did not train with the Arsenal squad before the Brentford game but still put in a superb performance. 

The 21-year-old grabbed the first goal of the game as Arteta’s men cruised to a 3-0 win over the Bees. 

But Arsenal will be watching Saliba ‘nervously’ over the next week due to the player heading off to the France set-up with a minor injury. 

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Saliba could ‘play through the pain’ 

Speaking in his latest YouTube video, Watts says Arsenal actually held discussions over whether Saliba would be allowed to join up with the France side

“Saliba, he has gone to France. That’s going to be an interesting one as well because I know there were definitely discussions building up to the international break about whether it would be right for Saliba to go because he’s been carrying a bit of a problem,” Watts said. 

“He hasn’t really been able to train too much in the build-up to that Brentford game, but he has gone. 

“I don’t blame him at all for that because this is the last squad before the World Cup and he wants to guarantee himself a place in Didier Deschamps’ squad. 

“In a way it doesn’t surprise me that he would absolutely want to go and almost play through the pain to try and guarantee his World Cup place. 

“But I’m sure that’s another one Arsenal are going to be nervously keeping an eye on.” 

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Saliba has been brilliant under Arteta so far this season and is certainly making a strong case to be named in France’s World Cup squad. 

Arsenal will be hoping the young defender doesn’t aggravate his injury before a big clash against bitter rivals Spurs on October 1.

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