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EPL: Arteta names player that has to ‘come back to Arsenal’

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has insisted William Saliba must return to the Emirates this summer, despite expressing his desire to stay at Marseille.

Saliba is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Gunners since arriving from Saint-Etienne in 2019.

The defender went out on loan back at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, as well as Nice and most recently Marseille.

Saliba is desperate to return to the Stade Velodrome to play in the competition next campaign, but Arteta has other ideas.

“We made the right decision. He has to come back. He has the experience necessary to be competitive with us.

“If he had stayed with us this year, with one Premier League match a week, with Ben White and Gabriel, he wouldn’t have had half the playing time he had with Marseille, that’s for sure.

“For his growth and what he can do next season that wouldn’t have been good. William wasn’t with us because he wouldn’t have had the playing time to gain experience. That’s it, there’s nothing else,” Arteta has told RMC Sport.

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