Paper Talk: Arsenal star ‘fed up’ and pushing hard for January exit

Date published: Wednesday 4th November 2020 8:25 - James Marshment

Nicolas Pepe, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes

Arsenal face losing an expensive recruit in January after it was reported he wants out, while Leeds have a plan in place for life after Marcelo Bielsa, according to Wednesday’s transfer gossip.



William Saliba is reported to be upset at his Arsenal situation and pushing his agent to secure a move away in January.

The France U20 international cost the Gunners £27m in summer 2019. However, he was allowed to stay at St Etienne for the season to complete his ‘football education’.

Since then though, Arsenal have signed Pablo Mari and Gabriel Magalhaes – pushing Saliba down the pecking order.

The defender had looked to secure a loan move back to St Etienne, but the move was blocked and he was forced to stay.

Saliba’s situation has been reviewed by Mikel Arteta and the Gunners boss does feel sympathy for the young defender.

However, Saliba is yet to play a single minute for Arsenal this season.

With his career stagnating, reports from France, via the Daily Star, claim Saliba is ‘fed up’ with the situation and pushing hard to leave.

That could result in a loan return back to St Etienne in January. However, the report indicates Saliba feels like a permanent exit away could also be a conclusion.


Despite his lack of game, Saliba recently stated he is enjoying his time at Arsenal and is eager to learn from Arteta.

“It is a big dream [to play for Arsenal],” Saliba said in an interview with Ian Wright. “It was a big dream becoming a reality for me.

“[Mikel Arteta] is very positive. Sometimes he would send me a message when I was at Saint-Etienne. So it’s good.”

Arsenal are back in action on Thursday when they tackle FC Molde in the Europa League.

Saliba will not feature, however, after being ommited from their 25-man European squad.


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