William Saliba has reportedly reacted angrily with Arsenal‘s failure to reach an agreement with Saint-Etienne to extend his loan. The French club will feature in the Coupe de France final on July 24 and Saliba had hoped to feature against Paris Saint-Germain.
However, Arsenal and Saint-Etienne confirmed that Saliba’s loan was canceled and that the French defender is prompted to return to London. Saint-Etienne responded angrily and slammed Arsenal for their ‘unacceptable sports and financial conditions’. The Gunners responded, claiming Saint-Etienne refused to follow a specialised training plan for Saliba following a series of injuries.
French outlet BUT! now report that Saliba was desperate to play for Saint-Etienne in the final and that he is ‘immensely disappointed’ with Arsenal. It is believed that Saliba and his management have already expressed their unhappiness towards the Gunners’ managing director Vinai Venkatesham.
Furthermore, L’Equipe reports that Arsenal and Saint-Etienne have not stopped talking about the matter and that there is still hope that both clubs would still reach an agreement to allow Saliba to extend his stay at the French club. However, an agreement would need to be reached by July 9.