Arsenal could be ‘forced to cash in’ on starlet not ‘appreciated’ by Arteta

Arsenal could be “forced to cash in” on Marseille loanee William Saliba, as he feels that he is not “appreciated” by Mikel Arteta, according to reports.

The defender signed for the Gunners in 2019 for a fee in the region of £27m. He joined them from French side Saint-Etienne.

Saliba is yet to make his senior debut for Arsenal. Over the past couple of years, he has had loan spells at Saint-Etienne, Nice and Marseille.

The 20-year-old has been a key player for Marseille so far this term and he impressed against PSG on Sunday.

Saliba helped his side keep a clean sheet as the likes of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar were unable to get on the scoresheet.

The Sun are reporting that Arsenal may be “forced to sell” the defender. This is because they are “struggling to convince” him that he has a future at the club.

They add that he is in “no rush” to return to the Gunners as he feels that “his talents are not appreciated” by Arteta.

It is also stated that he has “not forgotten” that he was prevented from playing in last year’s French Cup final.

This came as Arsenal were not prepared to pay Saint-Etienne an extra £2.25m for him to feature in the game.

Elsewhere, Gary Neville has suggested that Emile Smith Rowe is more “clinical” than Cristiano Ronaldo was when he was 21:

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“Cristiano was the first person I ever heard to say he undoubtedly wanted to be the best player in the world,” Neville said.

“It’s quite unusual to hear a player [say that] because everybody talks about the team and the collective. To hear Mo Salah say it is refreshing.

“I think you can say these things when you are delivering, and these two have delivered now consistently.

“Ronaldo now for 10, 15 years and Mo Salah for five, six years, and beyond. They are absolutely deadly. They are ruthless and clinical.

“Everything that Smith Rowe [wants to be], he’s a beautiful footballer Smith Rowe, and he’s got a long way to go in his career. Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t as clinical and ruthless at that age.

“But that’s where he has got to get to. To the point where by every single game, they want to be the best. They want to score the winner. They believe they are going to score the winner. Confidence is unbelievable.”

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