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Arteta drops positive comments about Saliba

by Koolkola

Mikel Arteta made positive comments on William Saliba, saying the young Frenchman has made big improvements after having to deal with issues on and off the pitch.

Fans had high hopes after signing the young defender but he is yet to feature for the first team. He has only featured for the under 21/23 sides where he seems to have impressed the manager.

When asked if the defender might appear soon, Mikel Arteta had this to say:

“Whenever we have the spaces and we believe that he’s ready to play with us,” he said.


“To be fair, he’s made massive improvements in the last few months and it’s been a really tricky situation for him.

“As I mentioned before, we designed a pathway for him and there were a lot of things that happened to him in his personal life and professionally as well.

“Now we’ve made some steps forwards, he’s working really hard and played for the under-21s again.


“That was a good game because Martinelli finally came back for 45 minutes, so I think it was a really positive day for us in terms of that.”

As for what might happen in January, he continued, “It’s something that we are discussing at the moment, what’s the best thing for us to do.


“It will be decided soon.”


Arsenal have already qualified for the knock-out stages, and in terms of tomorrow’s team, Arteta said, “We have a few kids here. We left a few players at home as well.


“There are a lot of games and we need a complete training week as well, which I think is going to benefit us, but we’re still going to have a very competitive team to play tomorrow.”

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