William Saliba not playing at Arsenal because he’s an ‘ Unai Emery signing’

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William Saliba is yet to make his debut for Arsenal (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Arsenal defender William Saliba has been exiled by Mikel Arteta because he was an ‘Unai Emery signing’.

According to Football.London, there’s a theory by some at Arsenal that the Frenchman’s path into the first team has been blocked because he was not signed by Arteta.

The Frenchman signed for Arsenal in 2019 for a fee of £30million, though he spent the next season on loan at parent club Saint-Étienne.

Saliba arrived at the club last summer with a thriving reputation and many supporters had expected him to go straight into the starting line-up.

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Saliba was signed by Emery (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

However, the defender is yet to make his debut for the club and has been consigned to appearances for the U23s.

Arteta has claimed Saliba needs time to adapt to English football, both on and off the pitch. However, Football.London claims some feel he has been ostracised because he was a signing of previous manager, Unai Emery.

It could therefore be that Saliba doesn’t fit the profile of defender that Arteta wants or that he simply wants to dissociate himself with Emery’s reign.

The news follows reports that Arteta is no longer on speaking terms with David Luiz, though the accusations have been denied.

Arteta was said to be furious that details of a training ground fight between Dani Ceballos and David Luiz had been leaked in November.

Arsenal’s defeat to Burnley on Sunday night means the club have made their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign, with the Gunners on 13 points after 12 matches.

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