Mikel Arteta has admitted he is “fed up” with William Saliba’s situation, with the defender still waiting to make his debut for the club more than a year after signing.
Saliba arrived at the Emirates Stadium from Saint-Etienne for £27m in July 2019. He spent the 2019-20 season on loan back at the Ligue 1 club but made only 17 appearances in all competitions.
The 19-year-old was incorporated into the Gunners’ squad for this campaign but he has not spent a single minute on the pitch and has been left of their Europa League squad.
Saint-Etienne accused Arsenal of reneging on an agreement to send Saliba back to France on Deadline Day – something the Premier League side denied – while prospective loans to Championship clubs also failed to materialise.
It has led to an underwhelming introduction to English football for Saliba, and Arteta appears to share the France U20 international’s frustration.
He said: “I’m fed up with the situation because, as you could…