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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists William Saliba will return to north London next season

Daily Mail Online

Mikel Arteta is adamant William Saliba will return to Arsenal next season.

Saliba, who has expressed his wish to go back to Marseille next year and play in the Champions League, signed for Arsenal in 2019 for £27m from St Etienne but has yet to play a competitive game for the club.

The 21 year-old centre back has spent all but half a season since joining on loan back in France with St Etienne, Nice and Marseille.

Mikel Arteta is adamant French defender William Saliba will return to Arsenal next season Mikel Arteta is adamant French defender William Saliba will return to Arsenal next season

Mikel Arteta is adamant French defender William Saliba will return to Arsenal next season

The 21-year-old wants to go back to Marseille next year and play in the Champions League The 21-year-old wants to go back to Marseille next year and play in the Champions League

The 21-year-old wants to go back to Marseille next year and play in the Champions League 

Saliba’s Marseille displays helped them finish second and him win his first senior France caps, be named Ligue 1’s young player of the season and in the team of the year.

Arteta said: ‘He has to come back. He has the experience and environment to be competitive with us. We made the right decision [to loan him out].

‘If he had stayed with us this year with Ben White and Gabriel, he would not have had half the playing time he had with Marseille.

Saliba picked up the award for young player of the season in Ligue 1 after his fine displays Read more – Daily Mail Online

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