Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta confirms William Saliba will not be going out on loan

William Saliba looks on in Arsenal training
William Saliba will be staying with Arsenal for the time being (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta has confirmed that William Saliba will not be going out on loan and will remain with Arsenal until at least January.

Saliba is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Gunners since joining the club from Saint-Etienne back in July 2019 and had looked set for a temporary move away from north London.

The 19-year-old central defender was loaned back to Saint-Etienne last term and was reportedly ‘devastated’ that Arsenal failed to reach a similar agreement with the Ligue 1 outfit for this season.

William Saliba runs with the ball in Arsenal training
Saliba spent last season on loan at Saint-Etienne (Picture: Getty)

Fulham were another team heavily linked with Saliba and Championship side Brentford also explored a temporary deal for the young defender ahead of Friday’s deadline.

But the teenager, who was given a chance to impress in pre-season, will be fighting for a place in Arsenal’s first-team after Arteta revealed the club expect no further business ahead of their clash with Manchester City.

Asked whether he expects any more players to go out on loan, Arteta replied: ‘Not at the moment.’

Pressed on whether Saliba will be staying at Arsenal, the Spaniard bluntly responded: ‘Yes.’

Saliba was among the players who missed out on a place in Arsenal’s Europa League squad which was announced last week.

Mesut Ozil was also left out and Arteta insists it was a ‘really difficult decision’ but one he had to make.

‘Well he wasn’t the only one that wasn’t in the squad,’ the Arsenal head coach added.

‘It was a really difficult decision for me to make because to leave players out of the squad at that level where they know they can’t get involved is really tough.

‘I don’t like it at all but the decision had to be made because we have a limit on foreign players and unfortunately we have to make a decision.’

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