William Saliba stance revealed on Arsenal future amid slow start to career at Gunners

Arsenal defender William Saliba is reportedly keen to rejoin his former club Saint-Etienne on loan after growing frustrated over his lack of playing time.

The 19-year-old was signed by Unai Emery before the 2019/20 season but spent the entirety of last campaign on loan at the French outfit.

Having been widely expected to feature heavily under Mikel Arteta upon his return, Saliba is still yet to make a senior appearance for Arsenal and is said to be preparing to push for an exit in January, according to French outlet ButFootballClub.

It remains to be seen whether he would prefer a loan move or a permanent departure, but given the £27 million investment Arsenal made in capturing his signature, another temporary spell away seems to be the most likely outcome.

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A return to Saint-Etienne has been touted as a possibility, with rumours suggesting that the young central defender has struggled to adapt to life in England since his move to North London.

Saliba was not announced as a member of Arsenal’s Europa League squad last month, meaning any playing time this season will likely be restricted to the club’s under-23 side. However, Arteta did express empathy for the Frenchman’s situation.

“I feel really bad for William Saliba,” he said, as reported by Mirror Football. “Because we had so many central defenders, we decided to leave him out of the squad which was really hurtful for me to do.”

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