Morning all.

Arsenal confirmed yesterday that William Saliba has joined Nice until the end of the season but he’s coming back.Or at least that’s the plan.

Technical director Edu said:

William Saliba is a player with a huge amount of talent and potential. We’re confident he will have a great career with us but we must remember that he is still only 19 years old and has a lot of time ahead of him.

It’s funny really because both Balogun and Saliba are 19 years old and neither have been given an opportunity to show themselves in the Premier League. At either end of the pitch, in a central position, Mikel Arteta has steered away from playing the youngsters, yet in midfield, no problem. Nketiah is 21 in case your were thinking. Anyway, one has gone off on loan and the other could end his Arsenal career this month or in the summer unless his heart really is with the club he joined as a 9 year old. Sead Kolasinac has confirmed his loan to Schalke on social media which leaves the squad light in the left back position. Both Saka and AMN have played there before but the last thing we need is to lose what Saka brings to the creative side of our football.

However, Arsenal do have a left back lurking in the wings, no pun intended. Tolaji Bola. He’s no youngster either, not compared to the likes of ESR, Willock and Saka as Bola is 22 years old. Just I hasten to add as it was his birthday yesterday. Is he he Mikel Arteta’s plans I wonder? Not this season obviously as he’s on loan at Rochdale but for next season? Perhaps. He’s a strong looking lad that’s for sure.

 

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With just five months of the season left, perhaps Arteta is prepared to juggle his players around to fill the left back position should Tierney need a breather. Not that he seems the kind of player who’d want to sit one minute out of the game. Joel Lopez is another option.

The Europa League is going to take its toll on players and there’s the FA Cup kicking off too on Friday night. Not every ‘best’ player can play in every game. This season is bonkers and even though ours has been tough, a top four finish can’t be ruled out. Not totally. Unlikely perhaps but with other clubs going through their struggles and ourselves looking like we have a big toe in the corner we needed to rapidly turn, who knows?

The FA Cup returns this weekend with a home tie against Newcastle, a game which might see a bit of rotation. Who knows, Mikel might stick with the same team, keep the momentum and confidence high. I know out of the three competitions we’re in, it might be considered the ‘less important’ but every game is important. Defending our FA Cup crown is important but just five days after the Newcastle game, we play Crystal Palace at The Emirates. If Mikel Arteta has to rest players, I know in which one I’d prefer him to do so.

Transfer gossip.

Besiktas want Mo Elneny back on loan according to the Daily Mail and The Mirror reckon Arsenal want to cut Lucas Torriera’s loan at Atletico Madrid short and find him another club which plays him more.

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