Arsenal are really happy with William Saliba and recently informed them they trust him ‘100%’ for the future, according to a report.

William Saliba via Marseille
William Saliba via Marseille

Fabrizio Romano writes that Arsenal are following William Saliba’s progress closely during his loan to Marseille, as you’d expect. The club are reportedly ‘really happy’ with the defender.

The Gunners recently informed Saliba that they trust him 100% for the future.

Romano adds that Saliba joined Marseille to play a season as a starter, then he’ll be back in North London, seemingly ruling out a permanent deal with the Ligue 1 club.

In general, the defender has also earned praise for his displays, making nine appearances for Marseille already. Up until a couple of disappointing results this week, the team were in good form and certainly looked to be reaping the rewards of Saliba’s loan.

Nicolas St-Maurice, who has worked as a fitness coach for Saliba in the past, recently claimed something similar. He suggested the centre-back would be returning next summer to try and win a starting spot at Arsenal.

“William is humble,” St-Maurice said. “Arsenal fans are annoyed right now because he’s not at the club and he’s doing really well in Marseille but I think last season he missed some games on top of COVID. Saliba needs to play more and he will come good.

“He does not want to come to Arsenal and sit on the bench – that’s not his mentality. He wants to be playing for Arsenal. I think next season he will make a solid case for himself.”

Marseille manager Jorge Sampaoli was recently raving about their new acquisition.

“He’s a top player in his position,” Sampaoli said. “We were lucky to get him on loan, it wasn’t simple. He’s great at marking, but good at bringing the ball out too. He’s a future great of French football, he’s very good at starting plays.

“He’s adapted to a three at the back well, and his performances are linked to the team’s, which likes to play from the back.”