Arsenal defender William Saliba just can’t catch a break, can he?
The young Frenchman joined us two years ago, but is yet to play a competitive game for us. He enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell at Nice and many felt that he would finally get the chance he deserves at Arsenal.
However, multiple reports have claimed this week that Saliba could be heading out on a third straight loan spell. Arsenal potentially signing Ben White is set to cost Saliba a chance at the Emirates next season, but there was still some hope.
Everyone felt that if the Frenchman showed up for pre-season and impressed Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal boss would give him a chance. Sadly, the chances of that happening are almost zero.
William Saliba will miss most of Arsenal’s pre-season
The French Football Federation announced today that Saliba has been picked in Les Blues’ Olympic squad. The tournament is set to be held in Japan between the 22nd of July and the 7th of August.
With Saliba now heading to Tokyo, he will miss the majority of the pre-season at Arsenal. That is a massive blow for him as he will not have the chance to show Arteta what he’s all about before the new season starts.
The gold medal game will be held just six days before Arsenal’s opening league game against Brentford. He will definitely not be available for that game, and that could well cost him his opportunity at the Emirates next season.
What next for William Saliba at Arsenal
The worst case scenario would be Saliba leaving Arsenal on a permanent deal. Recent reports have claimed that there’s a good chance of that happening, but the chances of him going out on loan again is a lot higher.
If it was up to us, the Frenchman would stay and fight for a place in the first team. However, Arteta clearly doesn’t fancy him just yet, so, the best thing for Saliba now would be to join a Premier League club on loan.
Southampton and Newcastle are both reportedly keen to sign the defender and both clubs would be brilliant for him. It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming weeks, but selling him should not even be an option for Arsenal this summer.