Arsenal defender Saliba enjoying Arteta management: Clear ideas

Arsenal defender William Saliba is enjoying his football under manager Mikel Arteta.

Saliba had spent the past two seasons on loan in Ligue 1, including an impressive spell at Marseille last term. The French side were keen to bring him back to the Orange Velodrome permanently, with some suggestion that he may look to leave the Emirates.

Instead of moving on though, Saliba opted to stay at the Gunners and he told Canal Plus: “We spoke a bit at the beginning of the season. He was happy with what I did whilst on loan. He’s a very good coach, who really knows what he’s doing. He is clear in everything that he says.

“He has helped me integrate quickly into this system of play. Every day he gives advice to be better on the pitch. I came back here [to Arsenal] to impose myself and it’s nice to start well, as I have.

“We have had a very good start to the season until the match at Manchester [United]. We [were] first and we want to continue like that. As everyone knows, I didn’t play. For me, it was better to go away.

“I’m a young player and it’s always better to play and gain experience, make errors and learn. If you don’t play, you can’t progress. For me, going away for a year-and-a-half was good. I came back stronger, with new ambitions.”