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Saliba ‘will be upset’ if he returns to Arsenal

Arsenal loanee William Saliba would be “upset” if he returns to the Emirates following his loan spell with Marseille, according to former Gunners skipper William Gallas.

The 21-year-old Frenchman, who was signed by Arsenal for £27million, has been ever-present for the Ligue 1 side since joining at the start of the season.

And Gallas, who spent four years at Arsenal between 2006 and 2010, feels Saliba should try and force a permanent move away from Mikel Arteta’s side for the development of his career.

Speaking to Goal, he said: “I think they didn’t give him the opportunities at Arsenal, and I don’t know why. That’s why he moved on loan to Marseille.

“He is doing a good job, that is why they called him into the national team because he has had a great season with Marseille.

“If he comes back to Arsenal, he has to be ready to go back and maybe be on the bench at the beginning because at the moment you have got Ben White and Gabriel.

“He has to be ready to accept being on the bench. Mikel Arteta, if he plays with a different system, with three at the back, then he could play with Saliba.

“He has to understand this and be ready, otherwise don’t come back to Arsenal because it will be difficult.”

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