Arsenal Fans Are Furious William Saliba Isn't In The Squad To Face Manchester City
Arsenal fans are furious teenage defender William Saliba hasn't been given a chance in the Carabao Cup against Manchester City this evening.
Saliba joined up with Gunners last summer after spending a season on loan at former club St Etienne.
But he is yet to make his professional debut for the club despite costing £27 million and has been omitted from tonight's quarter final clash. Sead Kolasinac, Shkrodran Mustafi and Gabriel have been given the nod instead.
The backlash has been so harsh the club have turned off replies to their team announcement tweet.
:rotating_light: Our quarter-final XI tonight!
- Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 22, 2020
But supporters are still incredibly vocal and have questioned manager Mikel Arteta's decision.
The Saliba thing is kind of nuts. We could have played him in every Europa League game and maintained his value. Instead, we've ostracised him like we found out he had one foot, and we're tanking his value like we did with Matteo.
- Le Grove (@LeGrove) December 22, 2020
Arteta's treatment of Saliba has been a complete and utter disgrace. Just another example of how completely out of touch his man management skills are.
- Lyés (@Lyes_Messi10) December 22, 2020
Really no Saliba? 6 months of his development gone because of poor planning
- William (fan account) (@OzilThings) December 22, 2020
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Thank God Mustafi who has been shit for 5 years and is leaving for free in the summer is getting minutes over Saliba. https://t.co/yks5pbw8GA
- Paddy (@PaddyArsenal) December 22, 2020
If Mustafi and Kolasinac are in the squad and Saliba isn't, this is not a "long term project", it is a "must win now" project and should be judged absolutely on immediate results.
- Tim Stillman (@Stillberto) December 22, 2020
Free Wilo Saliba, RT if you support this movement. pic.twitter.com/bZJboQpPNE
- Saliba:red_circle:. (@SalibaEra_) December 22, 2020
The 19-year-old is likely to go out on loan in January and it's a bitter blow for those who thought this year would be a breakout one.
Saliba himself has addressed the situation on Instagram in a conversation with teammate Nicolas Pepe.
He commented on Matteo Guendouzi's post with a fire emoji, before Pepe entered to comment: "This is your problem, you comment on everything."
Saliba replied to the winger: "Hahaha, I'm sending well wishes to the brother that was locked up like me."
Guendouzi is currently spending the season on loan with Hertha Berlin after falling out with Arteta.
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