Mikel Arteta is not rating Arsenal defender William Saliba, according to journalist Paul Brown.
The French centre-back moved to the Premier League for £27m in 2019 but never made a first-team appearance for the Gunners.
What is the latest news about Saliba?
When Saliba arrived in north London he had played 16 Ligue 1 games for St Etienne aged just 17 and looked set to compete in the English top flight.
The 20-year-old was immediately loaned out to the French side, although his campaign was overshadowed by a host of injuries, which limited him to less than 20 appearances.
By the time Saliba had returned to Arsenal, Arteta had replaced Unai Emery, the man who signed him, and it quickly became clear the Spaniard didn’t like the defender too much.
Saliba remained at Arsenal for the first half of the 2020-21 campaign, but his only first-team involvement was when he was an unused substitute against Liverpool in the Community Shield and Carabao Cup tie at Leicester.
Consequently, he dropped out to play for the Under-23s and even got sent off in an EFL Trophy match against AFC Wimbledon.
As a result, Saliba was loaned out in January, signing for Nice, while he is back in France this season with Marseille, and Brown doesn’t think Arteta values the defender very much.
What did Brown say about Saliba?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Arteta has been around for a long time now, he’s had many chances to look Saliba well, and it just doesn’t seem like Arteta rates him that well. It doesn’t seem like Arteta really wants Saliba.
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Will Saliba ever get a chance at Arsenal?
If Saliba ever gets the chance to prove himself at Arsenal then next season is surely his time.
Not only has he served his time in the French league, but Arteta only has three centre-backs at his disposal, and with European football on the cards next season, he’s likely to need a fourth.
Therefore, this is really the critical moment for Saliba. He is at the stage where either he has a chance at Arsenal or he is sold this summer. By the time he returns to the club, he will only have two years left on his contract, so a decision has to be made on his future, one way or another.