25 October 2020 20:30
Sign up to FREE email alerts from Football London - Arsenal Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Arsenal defender William Saliba has been offered some words of advice from a former team-mate. Saliba joined the Gunners from Saint-Etienne last year before immediately returning to the French club on loan. The 19-year-old was tipped for another loan this summer but no move materialised before the deadlines passed. Saint-Etienne claimed they were close to landing the teenager once again, while Championship sides Brentford and Watford were also said to be keen. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon 8 Cancel Play now Saliba has not featured for Arsenal so far this term and missed out on a place in their Europa League squad, further limiting his first-team chances.
Saint-Etienne boss Claude Puel recently spoke of his frustration about Saliba's situation. "A superb player like William, to whom I wish the best, has not even made it to Arsenal's Europa League squad," Puel told L'Equipe. "Where is the logic, if not financial? "He had a great desire to join us. The club are a bit like family and friends (to him).
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