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Saint-Etienne coach blasts Arsenal for William Saliba treatment

Saint-Etienne coach Claude Puel has launched a fresh attack on Arsenal over their treatment of William Saliba. The French defender joined the Gunners this summer after they agreed a deal with Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2019. Puel has now questioned why Arsenal have signed Saliba as they decided to leave him out of their Europa League squad and he is not anywhere near a first-team place.

He told L’Equipe: “It was short-term [thinking], even for the kids. A superb player like William, to whom I wish the best, has not even made it to Arsenal’s Europa League squad. Where is the logic, if not financial?” Saint-Etienne tried to bring back Saliba on a season long loan but failed on the final day of the transfer window as Arsenal weren’t too keen on sending him back to France.

The former Southampton and Leicester boss added: “He had a great desire to join us (on-loan). The club are a bit like family and friends [to him]. His adaptation would have been instant. This would have happened if all the conditions had met. It had to remain consistent with our finances and his contract, particularly for the management.”

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