The Arsenal coach considered it normal that Saliba could play the final against PSG and warned the Gunners supporters about the defender.
Although he is only 19 and has only 32 appearances with the pros during his young career, many people think that the young hope will integrate quickly into Arsenal and immediately improve the defense of the Gunners next season.
But Arteta thinks it would be unfair to put too much pressure on the Frenchman before his first Premier League season.
“I know how high his expectations will be for him next year, but we have to keep in mind his age and what he has done in the past”said Arsenal’s coach on Tuesday at a press conference. “We have to make sure we create the right environment for him so that he can continue to grow as a player”, then added the former assistant of Pep Guardiola, not wishing to burn the stages with the winner of the 2019 Gambardella Cup.
Saliba has only played 15 games with Saint-Etienne this season due to two major injuries. A hamstring problem saw him miss the campaign’s opening month before a fractured metatarsal sidelined him for almost three months at the start of the year.
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While sidelined, Saliba spent some time at Arsenal and has contacted Arteta since he replaced Emery last December. “I have spoken to her several times”, explained the Spaniard. “He also came here several times. We followed him this season. Again, as a young player, he had a tough season with injuries, but that is part of his process”added the technician.
Although the Ligue 1 season has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the final of the Coupe de France is still scheduled for July 24 and will take place between Saint-Etienne and Paris Saint-Germain. Arsenal were in talks with Saint-Etienne before the match, the French club wanting Saliba to be involved – but the situation has become more complicated since the defender’s loan ends on Tuesday 30 June.
Arteta has however revealed that the central defender will be able to participate in the final. “I think he has to stay there, we have an agreement with Saint-Etienne. He has been there all year, he has won his right to play this final if the manager wants him to do it I think we have to give him the opportunity to do it, to take advantage of it and we can have it after “, assured the coach of the Gunners. A trend that would delight the Greens, already very limited against the PSG …