Arsenal are going to have a very busy transfer window with Mikel Arteta already outlining the requirements. William Saliba who is currently on loan is said to be one of the important players required by Arteta to turn the team around for the next season.
Saliba used to be coached by Kylian Mbappe’s father during his childhood days. However, he moved to the French club, Saint Etienne in 2016. Once he reached the legal age, he signed his professional contract with the club in 2018. He was handed his debut that season itself where he featured in a win. That season, the 17-year-old defender made 19 appearances, before making himself known to other European clubs.
In 2019, the Premier League team, Arsenal approached for his signature. Along with them, Tottenham Hotspur has also shown similar interest. However, William Saliba chose The Gunners because of the interest they had shown in him earlier. Although the club did not reveal the transfer details, it was reported that the Frenchman signed a 5-year contract in a deal that cost Arsenal £27 million.
Soon after he signed for them, he was loaned back to his previous club. He spent another year there playing 17 more games with them. Upon his return, he made his first appearance during the pre-season tour before the start of the current season. His professional role was assigned during the FA Community Shield final against Liverpool, however, he was an unused substitute.
Saliba was later left out of the main squad and had to play for the U-23 side. He joined Nice on a 6-month loan in January and is set to return to the squad before the next season starts. He has been a regular starter there and made an instant impact by winning the club’s January player award.
Arsenal looking for a fresh start with Arteta:
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will have to turn things around substantially to improve next season. Their current season may have highlighted their problems, but it is up to them to fix the things successfully if they hope to challenge for the Premier League title anytime soon.
After a disastrous start to their season, we can confirm that Arsenal will not be relegated. It was looking like that at one point, but their temporary improvement have guided them back to the top half. Their improvement was also short-lived as their struggle has cropped up again. Arsenal’s inconsistency will likely be costing them a European spot.
The last week has been a rollercoaster for them. They were completely dominated by a struggling Liverpool, and they gave away their lead in the added-time against Slavia Prague in the Europa League. However, they had a brilliant performance against Sheffield United stating their inconsistency. Arsenal are currently 9th in the Premier League and they are likely to miss the Champions League and the Europa League spot for the next season if they continue their current form. Unless they win the Europa League this season. They will be travelling to the Czech for the 2nd leg fixture with the match tied with one goal each.
Mikel Arteta has his sights on William Saliba and three others:
That being said, the transfer window is going to be a busy one. Many players are set to leave, and many are set to be removed. Mikel Arteta and Edu have shortlisted the requirements with a left-back, right-back, and midfielder on the top-most priority list.
A left-back is a must as Kieran Tierney’s injury has left them empty in that position. He is out for the remainder of the season and a date has not been fixed on his return for next season. On the other side, Hector Bellerin has been linked with his former club and his replacement should be fixed in case he leaves.
Martin Odegaard is currently on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid. And he has become a must-sign player for the club. His incredible adaptation in the League and partnership alongside Thomas Partey can solve their midfield problems making them worry less about at least one problem.
Their centre-backs will also need reinforcements as that position is likely to clear up after the end of this season. William Saliba will be given another chance to impress when he will be involved in the pre-season tour. His inclusion in the squad means that David Luiz will be departing after his 1-year contract comes to an end.