“William Saliba signs at Arsenal, but stays in Green!”, announced AS Saint-Étienne on July 25, 2019. After long negotiations with the Gunners, the Stéphanois had obtained the loan for a season from the young and promising central defender. A solution that suited all parties since the French, bought € 29 million, could continue his progress “at home” and in Ligue 1. A year later, he officially joined London and could launch his adventure in England.
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Happiness in the loan in Nice
But quickly, Mikel Arteta favored other options and sent Saliba to U23. A loan was then under consideration for the native of Bondy. Courted in particular by ASSE, he remained at Arsenal. After a delicate first part of the season, with two appearances in U21, the player born in 2001 wanted to regain playing time. And it was finally in Nice that he put his bags down on January 4. After Dante’s injury, the Eaglets relied on him to bring new blood and his talent.
And they could count on a motivated player like never before after six difficult months at Arsenal. Arrived at the end of the season and after the end of the season due to the coronavirus, he never had his chance. “The coach (Mikel Arteta) told me that I was not ready yet. I would have liked to have had my chance. That’s how it is, it’s football (…) I left because I wanted to play, it had been since March that I had not played in the first team ”, he explained during his presentation in Nice.
A good rating in Europe
With the Azuréens, the central defender found what he had come for, playing time and confidence. Author of 22 matches in all competitions (1 goal), he has been the holder each time. Happiness was therefore in the loan for the Frenchy. After enjoying a little rest, he will have to look again at his future. According to our information, Arsenal is currently favoring a new loan for William Saliba during this summer. And the player under contract until 2024 is of interest to the world.
In France, OGC Nice, Stade Rennais, Olympique de Marseille and LOSC have positioned themselves well, we were told. Abroad also the former player of ASSE has a crazy rating. English (Southampton, Newcastle), German (Leverkusen) and Italian clubs are looking to recover the defensive rock according to our information. All these options are quietly being studied, but there has not been significant progress yet. Arsenal and the player take the time to think things through to make the right choice. The ball is now in their court!