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