William Saliba admits his move to Marseille “is what he needed” after reaching an agreement with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to bring him back on loan.
The center-back joined the French over the summer until the end of the season. It is his third temporary move from the Emirates since joining the Gunners for £ 30 million in 2019.
The talented defender wanted to fight for a place on Arteta’s side this season. However, the north London giants decided to do £ 50m and £ 20m deals for Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu, respectively.
That led to the sending of Arteta Saliba to the south of France for more regular first-team football.
And Saliba, who still has to play a mandatory role for the Gunners, now admits that the Spaniard made the right choice.
He said The team: “We got off to a good start to the season, even if the last three games with two defeats in Ligue 1 were not positive. We’ll come back to win. I was very well received by my team-mates and the fans.
“For me it’s a very good choice, it’s the club I needed with very good pressure. At my age it’s good to play in a stadium like this.
Arteta stated that the decision to loan Saliba out was the best one for his development. He also insists the youngster is still a part of the club’s long-term plans.
He said: “He will come back for pre-season and be with us. Hopefully he will come back after playing a few games and improving his performance and properly progressing his development. That’s why we made this decision.
“I know it can be difficult to explain or understand sometimes after the club has spent the money to borrow it.
“But a lot of things happened to him, he’s been a long-time player for us and we have to protect him too. And giving him three or four games isn’t enough.
“For him he needs a lot more than that because what has happened in the last 18 months, he has also been through some personal problems that we have to try to help him and to stay as close to him as possible.
“And now he has to play, play and play and enjoy his job too. And I think we found the right club in him for that.
“He is very happy to go there now. Hopefully he can enjoy his football and be ready for us for the next season.
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Arteta talks about Sevilla strikers
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta has reportedly spoken to Arsenal board members about signing Seville striker Youssef En-Nesyri in January as the manager seeks further improvements.
The Gunners spent a lot in the summer transfer window and brought in six new players. defender Ben knows was their most expensive acquisition, with North Londoners paying Brighton £ 52.65 million. midfield player Martin Odegaard and Albert Sambi Lokonga came, but the Spaniard did not buy a striker through and through.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang currently leads the line and has scored five goals so far in 2021-2022. However, only two of them made it to the Premier League.
And that was Arsenal’s main problem. The Emirates team has only played five out of seven top games this season.
These goals come from three games, with Arteta’s protégés filling a gap four times. It seems like he’s interested and wants a new striker in the winter window.
Arsenal have been linked with the Moroccan international for some time. But they’re not the only English club that has its sights set on the former Leganes killer.
West Ham were mentioned in connection with the 24-year-old last summer when David Moyes was looking for a new striker. Seville hit a hefty price tag of £ 38.5million on the African and it is unclear whether he will be allowed to leave in the middle of the season.
Arsenal have doubts about the future of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah. Aubameyang still has an eye for goal but can’t go on forever.
Hence a move for En-Nesyri makes sense. He scored 18 LaLiga goals and 24 in all competitions for Los Nervionenses last season.
And the man from Fès has already struck three times in the Spanish top division this season. It is not surprising that other clubs are also watching the shooter.
ABC Seville (via Sports Witnesses) suggest the Gunners are among the six clubs monitoring his progress. The only downside to anyone interested is the fact that En-Nesyri appears happy in his current environment.
He still has four years of his current contract ahead of him and is looking forward to an “exciting and ideal season”.
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