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William Saliba not ready to return to Arsenal to ‘sit on the bench’ as ​​French defender thinks about future

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William Saliba is not ready to return to Arsenal to ‘sit on the bench’, his personal fitness coach insists… as the French defender ponders his future after excelling on loan at Marseille

  • Arsenal defender William Saliba flourishes on a rental basis at Marseille
  • The Frenchman is not ready to settle for a seat on the Arsenal bench next season
  • “He doesn’t want to come to Arsenal and sit on the bench,” his fitness coach said
  • “Next season he will make a solid case for himself,” added Nicolas St-Maurice











Arsenal defender William Saliba will only return to the Gunners on the condition that he plays football regularly, his personal fitness coach said.

Saliba has started to prosper at Marseille this season after playing the first half of last season at Arsenal under-23 before moving to Nice on loan.

He has played 90 minutes in all seven matches of Ligue 1 in Marseille, while Jorge Sampaoli’s side have made an impressive start to the season and are currently third in the standings.

Arsenal player William Saliba excelled this season when he was loaned out to Ligue 1 club Marseille

The Frenchman came to Arsenal in 2019 for £27million but made no first-team appearances

The Frenchman came to Arsenal in 2019 for £27million but made no first-team appearances

But Arsenal fans shouldn’t expect the player to come straight back to the Emirates Stadium next season and hope to play a few games here and there.

“He doesn’t want to come to Arsenal and sit on the bench, that’s not his mentality, he wants to play for Arsenal,” said the player’s personal fitness coach, Nicolas St-Maurice. Football London.

‘Willem is humble and smart. Arsenal fans are now annoyed that he is not at the club and he is doing very well in Marseille, but I think he missed some matches last season on top of COVID. ‘

Saliba did some specialist coaching with Saliba in Dubai to improve his physique and said he saw similar qualities in him to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta thought Saliba was not ready for first-team football last season

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta thought Saliba was not ready for first-team football last season

Saliba has helped Marseille to third place in Ligue 1 after a strong start to the campaign

Saliba has helped Marseille to third place in Ligue 1 after a strong start to the campaign

“He’s a very nice guy, he works very hard,” St-Maurice added.

“We’ve been working on some things like speed, power, you know he’s a big guy too and he’s strong.

“When you’re this young and big and strong, you’re not as fast as the smaller guys.

We worked on that a bit and he did a really good job. When I first saw him I thought of Van Dijk because of his playing positions and he has the right potential to go far.

“Next season he will make himself strong.”

Fitness coach Nicolas St-Maurice compared Saliba with Virgil van Dijk from Liverpool (photo)

Fitness coach Nicolas St-Maurice compared Saliba with Virgil van Dijk from Liverpool (photo)

Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli praised Saliba's ability to launch attacks from behind

Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli praised Saliba’s ability to launch attacks from behind

Saliba signed for £27million for Arsenal from St Etienne in 2019 but has yet to play a minute of Premier League football.

He immediately returned to St Etienne on loan after making the move, but the coronavirus pandemic hampered his development as the French season was halted in March and unlike most other top European leagues did not resume, meaning that the player only played 12 Ligue 1 matches.

But his form for Marseille could convince Arteta to call him back for the next campaign.

Marseille coach Sampaoli has praised the 20-year-old, saying earlier this month that Saliba was ‘a future greatness of French football’, praising his skills at marking attackers and his ability to get the ball out from behind. and starting movements.

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