Saturday, September 19, 2020

Mikel Arteta eager for William Saliba to play in the Coupe de France final

 head coach  wants to see  stay at -Etienne as he believes the teenager has “earned the right” to play in the Coupe de France final.

Saliba signed for the Gunners last summer but was loaned straight back to -Etienne to continue his development.

The 19-year-old defender missed three months of the season with a broken foot as the Ligue 1 campaign was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There have been no games in France since the beginning of March but -Etienne will meet Paris -Germain in the French cup final on July 24.

Saliba’s initial loan deal only runs until June 30 but he would be unable to play for should he return to the Emirates Stadium.

Arteta is therefore keen for Saliba, who cost a reported £27million last July, to stay put and take his place in the showpiece event.

“I think he needs to stay there,” he said when asked about Saliba’s immediate future.

“We’ve got an agreement with -Etienne, he’s been over there all year. He has earned the right to play in that final if the manager (Claude Puel) wants to do that”.

“I think we have to give him the opportunity to do that, to enjoy that and we can have him after that.”

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