‘To not play in the Europa League or the league, it hurt me’: Arsenal defender William Saliba reveals his disappointment at not being given a chance at the Emirates
- The French defender joined Nice on loan in January until the end of the season
- William Saliba was bought by former Arsenal boss Unai Emery for £27million
- Arsenal signed Gabriel last summer, limiting Saliba’s chances at the Emirates
- Mikel Arteta is yet to give the 19-year-old his debut for the Gunners first team.
Arsenal defender William Saliba has revealed he was ‘hurt’ by Mikel Arteta’s decision to overlook him this season.
The Gunners announced in the summer of 2019 that the Frenchman had signed a long-term contract with the club, and that he would join them after staying at Saint-Etienne for the 2019-20 season.
However, the £27million signing failed to make a single appearance for Arsenal during the first half of the campaign and was sent out on loan to Nice in the January transfer window.
William Saliba is disappointed at not being given a chance in Arsenal’s first team this season
Saliba was signed by former Arsenal manager Unai Emery, but the Frenchman has failed to convince the current Gunners boss that he is ready for the first team.
Arteta signed Gabriel from Lille last summer meaning Saliba was restricted to appearances for their Under 23s.
His time playing for the youthful Gunners side was far from successful, he only made eight appearances and was sent off in a 3-0 defeat to AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Trophy in December.
‘I really, really, really didn’t suppose that I’d be transferred for €30m, to suppose that I’d arrive, the place individuals have been anticipating a lot from me, the followers enthusiastic about me and you end up within the reserves,’ Saliba informed TF1.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has but to be satisfied that Saliba is able to be a part of his squad
Saliba has made 4 appearances for Nice since becoming a member of them on mortgage at the beginning of January
‘To play zero, zero nothing in the Europa League or the league. I was in the squad once in the league cup. It hurt me, it affected me.
‘I don’t suppose I left too early. When you are feeling prepared you need to go. I don’t suppose I left too early. These issues occur. I consider in myself.’
Saliba has made 4 appearances for Nice since shifting again to France, nonetheless his mortgage deal expires at the tip of the season.
The Frenchman did not anticipate to be again in Ligue 1 so quickly after shifting to London, however is not ruling out a everlasting return to his dwelling land.
‘I’m simply centered on doing absolutely the most and very best for the following 6 months. After that, we’ll see.’