William Saliba could be nominated for new role at Arsenal after what happened in international service
Mikel Arteta is quietly building an impressive group of young leaders at Arsenal.
That’s a lot of youngsters projecting at Emirates Stadium these days, especially after a summer transfer window that saw six new players signed – all aged 23 or under.
But despite their tender years, Arteta can already see leaders in Martin Odegaard and Sambi Lokonga.
“I think we are building some leadership in the squad,” the Spaniard told Arsenal Media. “It’s a very young group, with a lot of players under 23. Martin is the captain of the national team and Sambi was the captain at Anderlecht.”
Another player who could join this important group next season is William Saliba.
The 20-year-old is spending the current campaign on loan at Marseille after it became clear he would not get the playing time he had been dreaming of at Arsenal following the arrival of Ben White.
And despite reports claiming that Saliba may not have a long-term future in North London, the reality appears to be quite the opposite.
Arsenal are said to be happy with the center-back’s progress at Stade Vélodrome, and the 20-year-old is in regular contact with loan officer Ben Knapper.
What may appeal to Arteta even more is what happened to Saliba when he was on international duty with the U21s of France.
The Bleuets beat Ukraine 5-0 in a UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifier on Friday night and Arsenal fans on Twitter didn’t go unnoticed that Saliba was the captain of the team.
Prompting to chatter that Arteta has another leader in her ranks.
@Afcsammmm said: “Saliba, captains of France U21 today, a real leader.”
@ Martin8Gunner said: “Another future leader at Emirates.”
Being a leader is something that comes naturally to Saliba after he was admitted after joining Nice on loan for the second half of last season.
“Even though I am young, I have become a leader,” he said at a press conference.
This is all coming to fruition now after receiving the international service armband and perhaps the next step for Saliba will be to be part of Arsenal’s management group when he returns.