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William Saliba breaks silence on what Mikel Arteta told him before Arsenal loan exit

William Saliba breaks silence on what Mikel Arteta told him before Arsenal loan exit

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William Saliba has admitted that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told him he wasn’t prepared for first team football, before the club decided to loan him to Nice.

The centre-back joined the French side on loan for the remainder of the season, after failing to make a single Premier League appearance for the Gunners.

At his official unveiling to the press, via GFFN, Saliba said:

“My first six months were difficult, because I was coming from six months where I wasn’t able to train because I was at home (pandemic), and couldn’t train outside, couldn’t play.

“I arrived there as they were finishing the league season, so I was training alone. As soon as they came back from holidays, we quickly had the first friendly matches where I lacked rhythm and was a bit insufficient physically.

“The coach [Arteta] immediately told me that I was not ready. I would have at least liked to have a chance to rediscover my rhythm. But this is football, it’s like that.”

Source- football.london

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