Arsenal fans in Saliba debate after latest elite display and ‘strange treatment’

While Mikel Arteta has insisted that he has a plan for William Saliba at Arsenal, supporters are not certain over his future at the Emirates.

The France youth international has back in the headlines following an impressive performance for Marseille against PSG on Friday during which Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe failed to score.

Following that goalless draw, many Arsenal fans have questioned why the 20-year-old was sent out on a third loan deal in the summer following spells as Saint-Etienne and Nice.

Although the vast majority are keen to see Saliba return to compete with Gabriel and Ben White, others remain unconvinced over Arteta's plans for him.

One fan wrote on a post that questioned the 'strange treatment': "It must be a case of serious over protection, because I know no one can tell me he’s not better than Rob Holding."

With a second backing Arteta by adding: "Explain how loaning out a youth player so he gets game time and continues his development is strange please."

With a third adding: "Can't wait to see this guy in an Arsenal shirt."

And a fourth concluding: "Mate it’s a joke. Should be playing for us now. Better than Holding and Calum Chambers for starters."

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Arteta was asked about the future of the young defender earlier this year, and detailed why the decision was made to once again send Saliba out on loan.

He said: "I know that sometimes it’s difficult to explain or understand after the money that the club has spent trying to bring him in, to send him on loan.

"But a lot of things have happened to him he’s a long-term player for us and we need to protect him as well. And giving him three or four games is not enough."

With Saliba telling L’Equipe earlier this week: “We’ve done a big start to the season, even if the three last games haven’t been positive with two losses in Ligue 1.

"We’re going to come back to try and win. I have been welcomed really well by my teammates and the fans.

“For me, it’s a very good choice, it’s the club I needed, with a very good pressure. At my age, it’s good to play in a stadium like that.”

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