French defender sends message to Mikel Arteta after Arsenal exit

By | January 10, 2021

Arsenal defender William Saliba does not believe that Mikel Arteta gave him a chance to prove himself upon his arrival at the Premier League giants.

The 19-year-old cente-back recently completed a loan move back to the French top-tier with Nice after failing to make a single competitive game for the senior Arsenal team this campaign.

Saliba was thrown straight into Les Aiglons’ starting XI despite his lack of firs-team minutes in recent months, and the centre-back has admitted that he would have liked more opportunities to make a name for himself at the Emirates Stadium.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Saliba said: “The coach immediately told me that I was not ready. I would have at least liked to have had a chance to rediscover my rhythm. But this is football, it’s like that.”

French defender has played the full 90 minutes on his Nice debut, however, he was unable to prevent Adrian Ursea’s men falling to a 2-0 loss to Brest on Wednesday evening.

The ex-Saint-Etienne defender is expected to make a return to Arsenal in the summer despite recent talk of a possible extension of his Nice contract until 2022.