Former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri is the latest person within football to suggest William Saliba should be playing for the Gunners.

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William Saliba – Olympique de Marseille – Ligue 1 Uber Eats – 28/08/2021. Photo: NorbertScanella / PanoramiC

William Saliba is on loan with Marseille this season, but plenty of people have suggested he should be playing for Arsenal instead. Even Marseille teammate Dimitri Payet told the media he doesn’t understand why Saliba hasn’t played more for his parent club.

Now, former Gunner Samir Nasri has joined in, claiming the defender has everything you need to play in English football.

“He has all the qualities to play in the Premier League,” Nasri said. “He’s well built, quick and a good passer of the ball too. I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t be in Arsenal’s team.”

Goal recently reported that sources at Arsenal continue to insist that Saliba is vital part of their future.

Those sources point to the fact that the likes of Matteo Guendouzi and Konstantinos Mavropanos were loaned with obligations to buy in their contracts, whilst Arsenal refused any similar arrangement with Saliba.

Arsenal are reportedly still planning to bring Saliba back into the fold next summer and reassess the situation at that stage.

Saliba will return to Arsenal with a couple of years on his contract, and the club will likely try to convince him to extend it. But they’ll probably only succeed in that attempt if they can convince him he’ll get games next season.

Fabrizio Romano also recently claimed that the move to Marseille will only last until the end of the campaign. He reported that Arsenal trust the centre-back “100%” for the future and “he’ll be back” in the summer.

Along with Bukayo Saka, William Saliba made the Golden Boy 20-man shortlist this year.