Saliba to stay at Arsenal despite Europa League squad snub

William Saliba is set to stay at Arsenal for the first half of this season like many had predicted, but perhaps not in the same way they would have envisaged.

Gunners fans were excited about the arrival of Saliba, who was bought by the club last summer, with many thinking he could walk straight into the starting XI.

The 19-year-old spent last season on loan at Saint Etienne, the club he was purchased from, and put together a modest 19 displays.

A metatarsal fracture had ruled the defender out for 15 games, which is why his appearance record may seem low.

But despite the number appearances and his injury, Arsenal fans were expecting big things from the £27million centre-back.

Saliba was even handed the No.4 shirt upon his summer arrival at the club.

Yet, so far this season, Saliba hasn't come close to playing.

In fact, the teenager was set to be loaned back to Saint-Etienne again until paperwork was failed to be completed on transfer deadline day.

It seems boss Mikel Arteta is yet to be convinced by Saliba and believes he needs more time to develop and as well as further first team appearances.

Arteta then excluded Saliba from Arsenal's Europa League squad, leading many to believe he could be loaned out to a Championship side.

The domestic transfer window shuts on Friday and it was mooted that Brentford could make a move for Saliba.

But according to The Athletic, the Frenchman will stay with Arsenal at least until the January transfer window.

This could be a reprieve for Saliba if he's given a chance in cup games or injuries force Arteta's hand.

At the very least he has a chance to change Arteta's tune in training over the next two-and-a-half months.

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