French boss ‘regrets Arsenal decision’ after Gunners agree £27 million Saliba deal
PUEL HAS SALIBA ARSENAL REGRET
Claude Puel, recently appointed as Saint-Etienne manager, has admitted that he is not happy that William Saliba I heading to Arsenal.
Breaking into Saint-Etienne’s first-team in September, Saliba had an outstanding debut season in France and caught the attentions of the Premier League’s elite with his performances, with reports both Manchester United and Tottenham were keen on a transfer deal.
Gunners boss Unai Emery was been keeping close tabs on Saliba’s progress transfer speculation, and in the end the Gunners boss decided that he had seen enough to spend close to £30 million on the young defender, as he looked to improve his squad in a number of areas on the pitch.
The 18-year-old has missed the first seven games of the French Ligue 1 season with an injury but ARSENAL have been impressed with the defenders physicality, but there is a few concerns before he is ready to make that move to Arsenal and be a big part player under Emery.
But after being appointed boss of St Etienne, Pule has come out and admits that he regrets that the Ligue one side have already agreed to let Saliba sign for the Gunners, telling the l’Equipe website: “Rather than buying a ready-made player, I’d rather we buy him to develop him and help him grow,”
“It’s hard to accept that we sell our best player, a young kid, to help fill the coffers. When you have to sell your gems to round up the budget and then do short term deals to fill in the gaps, you’re being reactionary.”
Once again Arsenal fans have been left frustrated at the Gunners transfer dealings and considering Emery needs a better back-line, Saliba should have been brought to the club this summer, not next year.
It was a very strange decision from Arsenal to spend £27 million on a new defender that is clearly not ready to make an impact on the Gunners side just yet, but considering the Gunners like wasting their money on building for the future, it was not s surprise to see this deal happen.
There is a few issues that Saliba needs to work on before his move to Arsenal, but he is looking decent enough and the club will keep a close eye on his development over the next 12 months, especially as they will need him to come straight into the side next season.
SO IT IS PUELS LOSS AND ARSENAL GAIN.
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