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Arsenal news: Mikel Arteta explains why he’s not picked William Saliba

Saliba has been left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squads so far (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta has explained why he has not thrown William Saliba in at the deep end at Arsenal.

Saliba has been tipped for big things at the Emirates and has impressed during his time at St Etienne.

Arsenal fans were forced to wait an extra year to see him play in English football after signing him as he was immediately loaned back to the Ligue 1 side and they have been left waiting further with Arteta deciding against picking him for their Premier League openers against Fulham and West Ham.

Saliba was an unused substitute for the Community Shield win over Liverpool but hasn’t been included in either matchday squad in the Premier League, however, he could be in line to make his debut against leicester City in the Carabao Cup.

And Arteta admitted that he was planning to ease Saliba in slowly as he adapts to his new surroundings – something he thinks will take time despite believing the Frenchman will be ‘really important’ to Arsenal’s future.

‘I think William is doing really well,’ Arteta said of the 19-year-old ahead of the Leicester clash.

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