Speculation over the future of William Saliba has been doing the rounds in recent weeks, particularly as his loan spell with Saint-Etienne is due to expire today.
It had been suggested that Arsenal would like to bring him to North London, even if he wasn’t eligible to play for us this season – in a way protecting the asset ahead of the new campaign.
However, with Les Verts set to face PSG in the French Cup final on July 24th, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is happy for the 19 year old to play his final game for his former club.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s game against Norwich at the Emirates tomorrow, he was asked whether the club would be seeking his return having bought him last summer and loaned him straight back to the Ligue 1 outfit.
“I think he needs to stay there,” said Arteta. “We have an agreement with Saint-Etienne, he’s been there all year, and he’s earned his right to play that final if the manager wants to do that.
“I think we have to give him the opportunity to do that, to enjoy that, and we can have him after that.”
Arteta also revealed he’s been in contact with the centre-half during the season, but while recognising the expectation fans over his potential, is urging patience for a player still in his teenage years.
“Yeah, I spoke with him a few times, and he’s been around [at the training ground] a few times here as well,” said Arteta.
“As a young player he had a really difficult season with injuries, but again that’s part of his process.
“I know how the high the expectations are big around him, but we have to take bear in mind the age that he’s at, and what he’s done in the past.
“I’ll make sure we create the right environment for him so he can keep growing as a player.”