“He judged me on two-and-a-half games” – Arsenal loanee hit out back at Mikel Arteta

By | February 9, 2021

Arsenal defender William Saliba has suggested that he was written off too quickly by the Gunners, head-coach,  Mikel Arteta and believes the Spaniard judged him ‘on two-and-a-half games’.

The 19-year-old centre-back has joined the Gunners in a £27 million deal from Ligue 1 outfits Saint-Etienne, however, after making the move to England last summer, the young Frenchman has failed to make a first-team game under Arteta.

The Gunners manager claimed that Saliba needed time to adapt to English football.

And last month Arteta gave the green light for the 19-year-old defender to join Nice on loan for the rest of the season.

‘It’s clear that a lot has changed in the last year,’ Saliba told RMC.

‘When I saw the coach changed a lot changed for me too. In this year there has been a lot of change.

‘He judged me on two-and-a-half games. I would have liked for him [Arteta] to play me more. But he told me I wasn’t ready.

‘I was waiting for him to give me a chance, but football is like that.

‘When I initially came to Arsenal the league looked very good so I showed up to training and wanted to train on my own to show the coach I was ready.

‘I am happy now, I want to play for Nice. The idea when you’re part of a team is a better feeling for me.’