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Saliba, the thunderclap?

A key player in Jorge Sampaoli’s OM this season, William Saliba, only 20, is not sure he will be able to find a place at Arsenal next year.

Observers of Ligue 1, in particular the followers ofOM, had made this reflection at the beginning of the season: how Mikel Arteta, the coach of Arsenal, could never count on William saliba ? Recruited for 29 million euros in 2019, the defender trained inAS Saint-Etienne didn’t have his chance at the Gunners and was loaned out last January to theOGC Nice. Pablo Longoria attracted the native of Bondy also in the form of a loan, last summer, but without an option to buy …

At 20, Saliba has been showing for a few months that he is a great defender in the making. Fast, solid in the duels, tactically intelligent, the current captain of the Espoirs does a lot of good for the slightly unbalanced team of Jorge Sampaoli, even if his recent misses with the ball in his foot reminded that the player still had work to do, in particular in terms of concentration.

Saliba, no future at Arsenal?

Aware of the player’s potential, estimated at 18 million euros on Transfermarkt, Arsenal did not agree to set a call option despite the request of the Marseille leaders (who made sure to be able to keep the other players who arrived on loan). Saliba should therefore return to Arsenal and try to save playing time on the side of the Emirates Stadium, even if the Spanish manager has found a quality hinge with Ben white and Gabriel and enjoys the liners Rob Holding and Pablo Mari. ” It will be very difficult for Saliba to win in this team, however he plays. “, Thus analyzed the English journalist Tom Williams, as reported Marseille Football Club.

What allow OM to recruit Saliba? ” If he can keep the momentum going and Marseille are having a good season, I’m sure they would like to keep him, and if he enjoyed his time at the club, maybe he will want to stay. The fact that there is this competition at Arsenal, added to the fact that Arteta clearly didn’t like him initially, even though he is now getting used to the idea of ​​finding a place for him, it makes it hard to envision a long-term future for Saliba at the Gunners », Answers the journalist. Longoria has a huge blow to do in a few months, especially if Marseille manages to qualify for the Champions League …

Also read: OM: A diminished attack against Brest?

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