Martin Keown speaks out on William Saliba ‘mystery’ as Arsenal make U-turn over loan deal

first_img Comment Martin Keown speaks out on William Saliba ‘mystery’ as Arsenal make U-turn over loan deal William Saliba looks set to remain with Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown has questioned Arsenal’s ‘bizarre’ handling of William Saliba since the club signed the defender from Saint-Etienne and admits the situation has left him puzzled.The Gunners landed Saliba back in July 2019 for a fee of around £27million before immediately loaning the Frenchman back to Saint-Etienne for the 2019/20 campaign. Arsenal’s refusal to extend Saliba’s temporary agreement so he could participate in the Coupe de France final infuriated Saint-Etienne and the dispute has rumbled on over the summer, with the Ligue 1 outfit missing out on a second loan deal for the 19-year-old. Advertisement The Frenchman initially looked set for a second loan move away from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Brentford also registered a strong interest in Saliba but Arsenal have reportedly had second thoughts about letting the youngster leave on loan and Mikel Arteta now intends to keep him with the first-team.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking on talkSPORT, Keown urged Arsenal to loan Saliba to a Championship club if he’s not ready for Premier League football and admitted the whole situation had left him bewildered.‘It’s bizarre. We’ve just not seen the kid,’ the ex-Arsenal centre-half said ahead of Friday’s deadline.‘You want to see him to see how he performs say in the Championship to see if he’s good enough.center_img Advertisement Keown is bewildered by the situation surrounding young Arsenal defender Saliba (Picture: Getty)‘I’m anxious to see. The feeling was that this was going to be the one. ‘Gabriel has come in and been an outstanding signing.Should William Saliba be loaned out by Arsenal this season?Yes0%No0%1000+ votes so far…Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results‘Maybe they feel he’s too young and want him to go out to pastures new.‘To then loan him out when there was a real problem there last season seems a real mystery.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThough Saliba has so far struggled to make an impact at Arsenal, Gabriel – who completed a £27m switch from Lille to north London – has had an impressive start to life in north London. The Brazilian defender was named Arsenal’s Player of the Month with 72 per cent of the vote for September.Alexandre Lacazette and Hector Bellerin came second and third in the vote.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Thomas Partey drops Arsenal debut hint ahead of Manchester City clashMORE: ‘Dream come true’ – Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah passes Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers to become England U21’s record goalscorer Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 14 Oct 2020 10:13 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.5kShareslast_img read more

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