Former Arsenal star Samir Nasri has become the latest player to question why young William Saliba has yet to bow for the club.
Gunners stopper Saliba is, of course, in the middle of a third consecutive assignment away from the club.
After failing to settle on Mikel Arteta’s first team plans in North London once again last summer, the 20-year-old secured a return to his home country with Marseille for the 2021/22 campaign.
Saliba’s previous season away from the Emirates, with OGC Nice during the second half of last season, saw the Frenchman garner rave reviews for a series of mature and dominating displays at the heart of Les Aiglons’ bottom line.
And the first months of his spell at the Stade Velodrome have only seen the stopper continue to attract attention.
Saliba has continued to build on his reputation as one of the best young defenders in the game, in every start in all but one of Marseille’s Ligue 1 outings.
OM have allowed just 12 goals to this point in the French top flight campaign, ranking in an impressive fourth place, two points behind second.
‘I don’t see any reason’
However, the young stopper’s good form in France has done little to quell the constant chatter surrounding Arsenal’s treatment of Saliba.
Many are still of the opinion that the teenager should have had a chance to impress as part of Mikel Arteta’s first team squad this season, as the club has been too harsh in its treatment of a potential star in the making.
And one person who obviously has that opinion is Gunners star Samir Nasri.
Nasri, who played for the Emirates for three years between 2008 and 2011, focused this week on Saliba’s situation in North London, during an interview with Complete sports.
And the 34-year-old, after praising his compatriot’s abilities, revealed his opinion that there is no viable ‘reason’ for Saliba not having a chance to impress for his parent club this season:
‘He has all the qualities to play in the Premier League. He’s well-trained, he’s fast, and he’s also a good passer. I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t be on the Arsenal team. ‘
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