Arsenal

William Saliba’s perfect scenario makes Arsenal decision even easier for Mikel Arteta and Edu

The Arsenal defender has been ever-present for Jorge Sampaoli’s side at the start of the Ligue 1 campaign and was handed a start in their Europa League opener against Lokomotiv Moscow on Thursday evening.

With the Gunners not in any European competition this season, it’s given supporters a chance to keep a closer eye on how Saliba – and Matteo Guendouzi for that matter – is getting on.

As spotted on Arsenal Reddit, Saliba earned a 7.1 rating on SofaScore despite Marseille being held to a 1-1 draw in Russia, with Chelsea’s loan star Tino Anorin netting an 89th-minute equaliser for 10-man Loko.

A closer look at Saliba’s 90 minutes shows that he completed one interception and tackle apiece, had 117 touches of the ball from which he recorded a 97.4% pass accuracy with 111 passes.

A decision some supporters think will be made even easier by selling one or both of Rob Holding and Pablo Mari next summer, which creates an opening for Saliba to finally kickstart his Arsenal career.

Given the depth of centre-backs at Mikel Arteta’s disposal right now, should one leave it would effectively create the perfect scenario for Saliba to take one of their spots in the first-team squad.