The ex-Gunners striker would like to see the centre-half kept at Emirates Stadium and replace the German, who is heading towards free agency
Arsenal should be resisting any urge to send William Saliba out on a loan deal that “makes no sense”, says Kevin Campbell, with Mikel Arteta told to give the youngster Shkodran Mustafi’s minutes.
A highly-rated 19-year-old defender lastly arrived at Emirates Stadium over the summer season.
A £27 million ($37m) settlement had been reached with Saint-Etienne 12 months earlier, with the Gunners transferring shortly to purchase into the potential of a sizzling prospect.
Big issues have been anticipated of Saliba in north London, with lots suggesting that he would slot seamlessly into the fold.
He is, nevertheless, nonetheless ready on a aggressive debut as Arteta continues to favour different choices.
A scarcity of recreation time has sparked inevitable talk of a transfer being made elsewhere, with it prompt that the teenager could possibly be allowed to hyperlink up with a Championship crew in January.
Campbell stays baffled by mentioned rumours, particularly because the Gunners proceed to wrestle of their efforts to plug leaks on the again.
For him, Saliba must be eased into the fold over the rest of the season, with there little worth to be present in freezing him out and favouring German centre-half Mustafi – with the World Cup winner working his contract down in direction of free company in 2021.
Former Arsenal striker Campbell instructed Football Insider: “Apparently Saliba has made nice strides in coaching.
“Mustafi goes to depart on the finish of the season, that may be a executed deal from either side, and Saliba wants minutes, so why not give him the minutes that Mustafi is getting?
“To me it makes no sense. I like to think Arteta would use Saliba in the Europa League and FA Cup games we have coming up rather than sending him out on loan.”
Mustafi has taken in seven appearances for the Gunners this season, with 5 of these coming in continental competitors.
Arsenal have booked their place within the last-32 of the Europa League, the place they’ll face Benfica, and are additionally into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.
Opportunities will current themselves to give Saliba the sport time he wants and craves in his ongoing improvement.
Arteta has, nevertheless, taken to overlooking quite a few gamers this season, with Mesut Ozil being probably the most distinguished, and it stays to be seen what the brand new yr holds for a participant with appreciable potential.