Saint-Etienne have reacted furiously to Arsenal‘s decision to call back William Saliba from his loan at the French club. The French defender spent the past Ligue 1 season on loan at Saint-Etienne and while the Ligue 1 season has been abandoned due to the coronavirus pandemic, the French club still has to play Paris Saint-Germain in the final of the Coupe de France on July 24.
Therefore Saint-Etienne had requested Arsenal to extend the loan of Saliba until August 1st, but were unable to agree terms with te Gunners on the financial conditions of the loan. In a brief statement on their website Saint-Etienne have slammed Arsenal for their stance in this matter.
“Saint-Etienne was pleased to learn yesterday Tuesday that Mikel Arteta, Arsenal coach, was ready to leave William Saliba at the disposal of the club until the final of the Coupe de France,” a club statement read. “William Saliba had been training for several days with Claude Puel’s group and was obviously very enthusiastic about the idea of finishing his course in Green with such a match.
“Alas, ASSE, which simply wanted the extension of the initial loan until July 24, could not find an agreement in the evening with Arsenal to allow the defender to properly prepare and play this meeting, the English club imposing absolutely unacceptable sports and financial conditions.”
A day earlier Mikel Arteta suggested that Saliba had earned the right to stay on at Saint-Etienne until the cup final. “He’s been all year over there, he’s earned his right to play that final if the manager wants him to do that I think we have to give him the opportunity to do that, to enjoy that and we can have him after.”