Mikel Arteta has identified two areas William Saliba must improve in after sanctioning Arsenal loan exit

first_imgMikel Arteta has identified two areas William Saliba must improve in after sanctioning Arsenal loan exit Metro Sport ReporterFriday 9 Oct 2020 10:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link22.8kShares Advertisement David Luiz and Gabriel Magalhaes are blocking William Saliba’s path into the Arsenal first team (Picture: Getty)Arsenal were in talks about a possible return to Saint-Etienne, while Rennes also registered an interest, but both potential deals collapsed on deadline day.Arteta’s first team squad is currently top heavy with centre halves, especially in light of the failure to offload the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Soktratis Papastathopulos.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalCalum Chambers continues to work his way back to full fitness having missed the last 10 months with a cruciate knee ligament injury, while Pablo Mari, who initially joined on loan in January, is also closing in on his return. David Luiz and Rob Holding have also been retained and have featured prominently in the early weeks of the season, while summer recruit Gabriel Magalhaes has made a positive early impression following his move from Lille. MORE: Houssem Aouar happy at Lyon after missing out on Arsenal transferMORE: ‘It’s a great feeling to be part of a family like this’ – Thomas Partey sends message to fans as he speaks out on Arsenal moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. William Saliba is set for a loan move from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta sanctioned William Saliba’s impending loan departure from Arsenal after identifying two major weaknesses in the France Under-21 international’s defending. Arsenal spent £27million on the teenager last summer but were forced to send him back on loan to Saint-Etienne as part of the deal. Injuries and the early abandonment of the French domestic season saw Saliba’s progression stunted and Arteta has since deemed the youngster not yet ready for regular first team football. Saliba featured in a a pre-season friendly against MK Dons but is still waiting to make his senior debut and will now be sent on loan to a Championship club, most likely Watford or Brentford, to gain further experience. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta has kept a keen eye on Saliba in training and, according to ESPN, believes he needs to improve his defending at set-pieces and resist the temptation to go to ground if he is to make the step up and ultimately become a regular in his Premier League starting XI. Advertisement Commentlast_img

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