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Arsenal loanee William Saliba lauded as “future great”


Marseille manager Jorge Sampaoli has waxed lyrical about Arsenal loanee William Saliba.

Saliba was expected at Arsenal to remain for the 2021/22 season, but was sent on loan again by Mikel Arteta, who apparently had not found a place for him in the first team squad.

A loan spell at Marseille is not a bad contingency plan at all, with Saliba having been heavily involved alongside Gunners teammate Mateo Guendouzi in the Ligue 1 giants’ early-season form.

After five games, Marseille has four wins and one draw and is currently the most capable side to push Paris Saint-Germain all-the way for the league title.

Saliba has been playing a part in the season thus far, and it will likely continue throughout the campaign. Jorge Sampaoli is delighted to have the 20 year-old at the club.

Arsenal loanee William Saliba in action for Marseille against Rennes
Arsenal loanee William Saliba in action for Marseille against Rennes

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Sampaoli spoke highly of Saliba at a recent press conference, as quoted by local publication RMC Sport and helpfully translated into English by Sport Witness:

“He’s a top player at his position. We were lucky to get him on loan, it wasn’t simple. He’s great at marking, but good bringing the ball out too. He’s a future great of French football, he’s very good at starting plays.”

Saliba’s decision to head out on loan will be justified if Marseille are able to challenge for the honours on offer in France this term, because Arsenal have virtually no chance of doing that in England.

While we respect the Gunners, it is clear that the club is a toxic and difficult place to be at the moment. Saliba can count himself lucky that he’s not being exposed to it.

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