Per Mertesacker sends message to Mikel Arteta via William Saliba | Soccer

Arsenal intend to keep William Saliba this season following his successful loan spell at Marseille

Arsenal intend to keep William Saliba this season following his successful loan spell at Marseille (Image: Arsenal / Hayters TV)

Per Mertesacker has urged Mikel Arteta to give William Saliba a belated opportunity to boost his Arsenal career after the France international returned to his parent club on Monday.

The 21-year-old is still waiting to make his competitive debut for the Gunners after joining the north London club from Saint-Etienne in a £27million move almost three years ago.

Saliba was immediately loaned back to Les Verts and spent further loan spells gaining valuable first-team experience at Nice and Marseille, where he won the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Season award last season.

William Saliba was named Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year last season

William Saliba won Ligue 1’s Young Player of the Year award last season (Image: Getty)

Arsenal are hoping to extend the defender’s contract after holding talks with the player’s agent yesterday and Mertesacker believes it’s about time his former team-mate Arteta gave the youngster a chance.

That’s what the director of Arsenal’s academy said HaytersTV: “What William did in Marseille is great. So for us to really test him this summer and see what’s best for him.

“But he clearly made a name for himself playing in a big league in Europe at his young age and was one of the best players in Europe.

‘So why not use it?’

Saliba had initially hinted he would like to stay at Marseille, who qualified for this season’s Champions League, but seemed to have had a change of heart earlier this summer.

“I’m with Arsenal, I’ve got two years left,” he told Telefoot.

“I will be back with Arsenal. I’ve played zero games and I still want to show them my true colors and have a chance to play for these fans and this great club.

“But it’s not just up to me. In any case, it would be a shame to leave like that.’

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