William Saliba was recently sent on loan after failing to make an appearance for Arsenal following his return from Saint Etienne after a 1-year loan
William Saliba recently joined League 1 side, Nice on loan after Mikel Arteta believed he wasn’t ready for Arsenal games yet but Saliba thinks otherwise.
The former Saint-Étienne defender seems to have taken a dig at Mikel Arteta for having made a rash decision on him without giving him a chance.
Since his switch to Arsenal back in 2019, Saliba is yet to make an appearance for the North London side, speaking to reporters after his first competitive game in almost a year, Saliba said;
“The coach immediately told me that I was not ready. I would have at least liked to have had a chance to rediscover my rhythm
“My first six months were difficult, because I was coming from six months where I wasn’t able to train because I was at home and couldn’t train outside, couldn’t play.
“I arrived there as they were finishing the league season, so I was training alone. As soon as they came back from holidays, we quickly had the first friendly matches where I lacked rhythm and was a bit insufficient physically.”
Saliba will remain with the French side for the next 6 months but disclosed there are chances he would be there beyond the 6 months as he hints on uncertain future.
“I have signed a six-month contract. After these six months we will see what happens. But for now I have signed for six months, I am going to give my all, and then we will see,” he stated.
Adding he is confident of rediscovering level at Nice, Saliba said;
“What’s for sure is that I was coming from Arsenal U23s, and what is for sure is that the rhythm at professional level and U23 level is not the same,” he explained.
“I wanted to play and I trained so hard at Arsenal, that’s why the coach put me in directly on Wednesday. But certainly I had not played for a while and that has done me good.
“Even though I’m young, I’ve come to be a leader.”
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