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Saliba finally reveals what transpired between him and Arteta before return



William Saliba has revealed that he would have moved on from Arsenal for another challenge elsewhere but a conversation with manager Mikel Arteta changed the story.

Saliba was not given a chance after signing form the Ligue 1 and was made to go out on loan where he impressed with Marseille. There were talks of not returning to England but he revealed that a conversation with Arteta was the key factor in him remaining a Gunner.


“We spoke a bit at the beginning of the season. He was happy with what I did whilst on loan. He’s a very good coach, who really knows what he’s doing. He is clear in everything that he says,” Saliba told Canal Plus.



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“He has helped me integrate quickly into this system of play. Every day he gives advice to be better on the pitch. I came back here [to Arsenal] to impose myself and it’s nice to start well, as I have.


“We have had a very good start to the season until the match at Manchester [United]. We [were] first and we want to continue like that. As everyone knows, I didn’t play. For me, it was better to go away.



“I’m a young player and it’s always better to play and gain experience, make errors and learn. If you don’t play, you can’t progress. For me, going away for a year-and-a-half was good. I came back stronger, with new ambitions.”


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