Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says defender William Saliba will need more time to 'transition' following his arrival at the Emirates.
Saliba was left out of Arsenal's squad that beat Liverpool 5-4 on penalties to advance to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. The defender, who signed for the Gunners for a reported fee of £28million from St Etienne, is yet to make his debut and the club's fans are becoming impatient.
After missing out on the Arsenal's Premier League opening three matches, Arteta opted against fielding him in Thursday's Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool. The Spaniard urged Arsenal fans to be patient with the defender as he needs a year to settle at the club.
"He had a year last where Arsenal essentially loaned him to Saint-Etienne and that was a transition year for him,’" he said.
"For many reasons, that wasn’t the transition year that he needed because he had a lot of injuries, he had some personal issues and obviously, with COVID and the French league getting canceled, he didn’t have that year, so he needs that year of transition.
"He needs that year of transition and we are trying to make the right decisions for him to make the best possible year of transition for him to have the player we want for our future."
The north London side will take on Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup at the Emirates Stadium.
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