Here is your Arsenal morning digest for Monday, October 12.
Arsenal’s masterplan with William Saliba
When Arsenal signed William Saliba last summer, they agreed to loan him back to Saint Etienne for the season. It was expected that he would then take his place in the starting XI this season.
However, he has not adapted to life at London Colney as quickly as hoped and now looks set to be loaned out once again, with several Championship clubs mooted as potential landing spots, including Watford, Brentford and Norwich City, all of which should compete towards the sharp end of the table.
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As James Benge reports for football.london , Mikel Arteta, loan manager Ben Knapper, and academy chief Per Mertesacker will now discuss which teams best suit Saliba and would be the ideal fit for the Frenchman to gain regular football and find his form in England.
Analysis into every interested club will include factors such as style of play, the head coach, the location, and the potential for regular gametime.
You can read James Benge’s full assessment of Arsenal’s plans for Saliba here .
Wenger answers Jose Mourinho question
Responding to a question from Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger conceded that he would have accepted an advisory role at Arsenal had he been asked.
As part of a Q and A with the Guardian , Mourinho asked: “I had the opportunity to get to know you at UEFA and FIFA meetings and dinners. With your culture and vision, I believe you have the qualities to be a top exec, such as a CEO or director of football, at a club. Would you have ever considered such a role at Arsenal or was your desire always to remain on the pitch?”
Wenger responded: “No, I would have considered being on the board at Arsenal as an adviser.
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