‘Baffling’ ‘What Is Arteta Playing At!?’ Fans Can’t Understand Why Arsenal Loaned Out 27M Star After Man Of The Match Display

‘Baffling’ ‘What Is Arteta Playing At!?’ Fans Can’t Understand Why Arsenal Loaned Out 27M Star After Man Of The Match Display

Arsenal defender William Saliba was handed the man of the match award on only his second appearance for Nice in the 1-1 draw against Metz at the weekend.

The 19-year-old moved back to France in order to gain more first-team experience after spending the first half of the season with Arsenal’s Under 23s.

Saliba’s lack of match action after his arrival at the Gunners was a massive surprise and his excellent display for Nice on Saturday has left supporters on Twitter scratching their heads as to why manager Mikel Arteta didn’t play him:


The line from the club has always been that Saliba isn’t ready to play in the Premier League. Of course, Ligue One is not quite the same standard as the English top-flight but it shows the player really isn’t far off in terms of the level required.

Spending £27m on the Frenchman and then giving him no game time whatsoever always looked a perplexing decision. It will be hoped that the centre-back continues to perform well at Nice before returning to the Emirates in order to become a first-team regular with Arsenal next season.

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