Per Mertesacker says William Saliba deserves his chance at the Gunners

Per Mertesacker says William Saliba deserves his chance at the Gunners

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15 Jul 2022
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William Saliba

William Saliba has not played in the senior team since joining Arsenal three years ago but is ready to fight for his place.


What did Per say about William Saliba?

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta should give the Frenchman a shot at the Gunners’ first team next season, according to German manager Per Mertesacker. Saliba returned to north London this summer after an impressive season on loan at Marseille. The French side wanted to keep the defender on a full-time basis, but he has expressed a desire to return to Arsenal and fight for his place in the team, and youth academy director Per believes he deserved his strike.

The German coach and former professional player said that what William Saliba did in Marseille was great. For them to really test it this summer and see what’s best for Saliba. According to Per Mertesacker, William Saliba clearly made his mark at a young age, playing in Europe’s top league and being one of the top players says it all. “So why not use it?” Mertesacker said.


William wants to show Arsenal what he can do

William joined the Gunnes from Saint-Étienne in 2019 but did not make a senior appearance for the club. Instead, the centre-back was sent back on loan to Saint-Étienne and then to Nice and Marseille. William Saliba played a key role on the Ligue 1 side last season, making 51 appearances in all competitions and being asked to join the club permanently.

However, both William and Mikel have insisted his future lies with the PL side, with the Frenchman saying in June that he belongs to Arsenal and has two more years to go. Saliba will be there for preseason with the Gunners. According to William Saliba he has made zero appearances with Arsenal and wants to show them what he is made of and have a chance to play for supporters and for this big club. Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta supported the French player who needed a year at Marseille to prepare to claim a place in the Arsenal team.

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