William Saliba has ‘earned the right’ to play Saint-Etienne’s Coupe de France final, says Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 30 Jun 2020 1:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Advertisement Arsenal have given Saint-Etienne permission to field William Saliba (Picture: Getty)Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says William Saliba has ‘earned the right’ to play for Saint-Etienne in their Coupe de France final with Paris Saint-Germain next month. Saliba, 19, joined Arsenal in a £27million move last summer but was immediately loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the 2019/20 campaign to aid his development and guarantee regular playing time. However, the impact of the coronavirus crisis on French football means there has been uncertainty over whether the central defender will be able to feature in the side’s all-important cup final on July 24. The defender has struggled with injuries at Saint-Etienne this season (Picture: Getty)At his press conference on Tuesday, Arteta underlined his desire to let Saint-Etienne field the France Under-20 international in the cup final.‘I think he needs to stay there,’ Arteta said.‘We’ve got an agreement with Saint-Etienne and he’s earned his right to play that final.’Puel has been desperate to secure an extension for the teenager given Saint-Etienne’s clash with PSG represents their last chance to qualify for next season’s Europa League.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArteta is reluctant to put too much pressure on Saliba given his age and says he’s been in contact with the centre-half across the season.‘I spoke with him a few times,’ the Spaniard added.‘We’ve been following his season, he had a difficult season with injuries. ‘I know how high expectations are for him next season but we have to bear in mind his age.’Are Arsenal right to let Saliba play in the Coupe de France final?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Ray Parlour sends warning to Matteo Guendouzi amid Arsenal exit rumoursMORE: Arsenal decide against signing Dani Ceballos on a permanent deal after loan spell expires Advertisementcenter_img William Saliba has ‘earned the right’ to play Saint-Etienne’s Coupe de France final, says Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta Comment Arteta is happy to let Saliba play in the Coupe de France final (Picture: Getty)Saliba’s temporary agreement expires today and Saint-Etienne boss Claude Puel last week pleaded with the Gunners to extend their deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘William is at the end of his contract at the end of the month,’ the Saint-Etienne manager said at his press conference last Wednesday. ‘He takes great pleasure in training with his team. ‘We will see what can be done to keep him a little longer with us.’last_img

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