Mikel Arteta has confirmed that William Saliba is “fed up” with his situation at Arsenal with a collective feeling of frustration that the Gunners were unable to find an appropriate loan destination for the defender.
Reports on Wednesday claimed that Saliba is unhappy with his situation at Arsenal as he’s yet to feature in a competitive game after moving to north London from St Etienne for £27million in the summer, and is even considering a move away from north London.
Arsenal did seek a loan club towards the end of the summer window, either in France or the Championship, to try and aid the 19-year-old’s transition but were unsuccessful and he now looks set to remain in the Under-23s until, at least, the January transfer window.
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With Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holding, David Luiz, Kieran Tierney and Sokratis all ahead of him in the defensive hierarchy at the club, Saliba is unlikely to see any gametime in 2020.
“Yeah, fed up with the situation,” Arteta said in his press conference ahead of Thursday’s Europa League tie against Molde.
“As you can see we tried to find a way in the last few days to give him some football. I explained that he needed that transition year when we decided to buy him for many reasons that didn’t happen and he needs to go through that.
“At the moment with the amount of central defenders he had we had to leave him out of the squad, but it’s part of this profession.”
When asked if Arsenal will explore another loan move for the France Under-20 international in the New Year, Arteta admitted it was dependent on other factors within the squad.
However, it surely remains the most likely scenario to provide some semblance of happiness and security to the player as well as aiding his development with Arsenal excited by Saliba’s potential ceiling.
“I don’t know,” Arteta added. “We…