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Mikel Arteta reveals why William Saliba was left out of Arsenal’s win against Liverpool on Saturday

Defender Mikel Arteta has said Frenchman William Saliba needs more time to ‘transition’ following his 28million arrival from St Etienne. “He had year last where Arsenal essentially loaned him to Saint-Etienne and that was a transition year for him…for many reasons, that wasn’t the transitionary year that he needed,” said Artena. The 19-year-old is yet to make his debut for the Gunners after joining in the summer. Notably,

The player we want for our future. Arteta added, “Another massive challenge for us but we’re not getting very lucky with the draws at the moment. But we will prepare [for] the game and try to win of course.” Arsenal face Manchester City in a quarter-final clash in December. The Gunners lost 2-0 to Leicester last time out.