Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is set to deliver on his promise to give William Saliba a chance at the club.
The defender has returned from a highly productive loan spell at Marseille last season, where he impressed so much that he received his first call-up to the France national team. And with the highly-rated centre-back yet to make a league appearance for the Gunners, having been shipped out for several loan spells since signing for the club, Saliba is finally set to be given the chance to make a name for himself in north London.
It comes as evidence indicating Arsenal target Gabriel Jesus may not be the right man for Arsenal to sign has emerged. And Nicolas Pepe’s Arsenal struggles have been laid bare following a disappointing third season with the club.
Here are Mirror Football’s latest Arsenal headlines.
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Arteta to deliver on promise
Arsenal’s reluctance to sign Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund may show that William Saliba will finally get his chance at the club.
The French defender will be hoping to break through into the Arsenal first-team next season having been sent out on loan three times since joining the club in 2019. He is due to challenge Ben White for a place in the starting XI, and the evidence is that Mikel Arteta thinks he is up to the challenge.
And that is because Arsenal have turned down the chance to sign Akanji, instead preferring to target a left-footed centre-back. Meaning Arteta may finally be set to deliver on his promise that Saliba of giving the Frenchman a chance next season.
Jesus poses goalscoring problem
Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus may not be the answer to Arsenal’s goalscoring problems.
The Gunners want to bolster their attacking options ahead of next season following the departures of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while Eddie Nketiah is yet to commit to a new contract at the club. They have been heavily linked with a move for Jesus, although a look at his numbers suggest he may not be the goalscorer Mikel Arteta craves.
Mirror Football has taken a look at the striker’s stats, which include a worrying Expected Goal comparison to his actualy goalscoring tally.
Pepe’s struggles laid bare
Nicholas Pepe has had another difficult season in an Arsenal shirt with the winger yet to hit the heights expected of him when he joined the club in 2019.
It marks the third season in a row in which the Ivory Coast international has struggled after he signed for a club-record £72million from Lille. Pepe endured a tough time from the off, taking until late September to net his first Arsenal goal, a penalty against Aston Villa.
That season saw Pepe net just five goals, which he managed to double a year later despite struggling once again to make a proper impact on the first-team. But the 2021/22 campaign may well have been his worst season of all.
Mirror Football has taken a look at exactly where things have gone wrong for Pepe – with the winger now seeming to be on his way out of the Emirates.