EPL: Arteta tells Saliba to stay at Saint Etienne

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has told William Saliba to stay at Saint-Etienne and play in the Coupe de France final.

Saliba signed for the Gunners last summer, but was loaned straight back to the Ligue 1 side.

The 19-year-old defender missed three months of the season with a broken foot, as the top flight in France was cut short because of COVID-19.

However, Saint-Etienne face Paris Saint-Germain in the French cup final on July 24.

Saliba’s initial loan deal only runs until June 30, but he would be unable to play for Arsenal if he returns.

“I think he needs to stay there. We’ve got an agreement with Saint-Etienne, he’s been over there all year. He has earned the right to play in that final if the manager (Claude Puel) wants to do that.

“I think we have to give him the opportunity to do that, to enjoy that and we can have him after that,” Arteta told reporters today.

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