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William Saliba's former teammate has a message for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta

Arsenal defender William Saliba is currently away from the Emirates Stadium on loan, and is once again doing superbly.

The Gunners centre-back has yet to make a senior appearance under Mikel Arteta, but he’s won fans at every club he’s played at.

Arsenal signed Saliba from Saint-Etienne – where he was a huge fan favourite – in the summer of 2019.

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The Gunners loaned the 20-year-old back for the remainder of the season, going on to reach the French Cup final.

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Saliba then arrived at the Emirates Stadium last summer, but he was on the move once again the following January.

The Frenchman spent the second half of 2020-21 at Nice, where he made 22 competitive appearances.

Now, Saliba is on loan at Marseille, where he has played the full 90 minutes in five out of their six Ligue 1 games.

Loic Perrin, the Arsenal loanee’s former Saint-Etienne teammate, has questioned why the Gunners haven’t played him yet, saying he’d have brought so much to their squad.

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“I do not understand how they could not play him at least once,” Eurosport quotes Perrin as saying.

“When you observe him since his beginnings at Saint-Etienne… he is phlegmatic, cold, lucid.

“In one-on-ones, he’s extraordinary and always manages to do it (get the better of his opponent).

“In addition, he’s a great kid in a group.

“At Nice, after months without playing, he was good immediately when they were in a bad patch.

“And in Marseille, in a crazy atmosphere, same thing. He never loses his cool.

“He could have brought (all this) to Arsenal.”

Marseille drew 0-0 at Angers on Wednesday night, though Saliba remained on the bench.

They currently sit second in Ligue 1 on 14 points, seven behind pacesetters PSG.

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