William Saliba made his France debut while on loan at Marseille from Arsenal and the Gunners are in talks with Brazil boss Tite to join
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William Saliba may not have made his Arsenal debut despite signing for the club three years ago, but he made his first appearance for France on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are already planning ahead with the looming World Cup in Qatar 2022 and have reportedly been in talks with Brazil boss Tite about the possibility of taking a role with the north London team once the tournament is over.
The role is currently unconfirmed but the Brazilian has worked with Arsenal’s technical director in the past.
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Saliba’s French debut
William Saliba had a difficult start to life at Arsenal after being loaned out to St-Etienne, Nice and Marseille.
But on his Gunners debut, Saliba bowed his head and impressed on loan to France. Not only was he rewarded with a call-up to France’s senior squad, but he also made his debut in the 2-1 win over Ivory Coast.
Saliba put on a confident display in defense and afterwards said he was very “proud” to pay his respects to the reigning FIFA World Cup winners.
Such an impressive performance might not be enough for the defender to break into the Arsenal side with Ben White and Gabriel, boss Mikel Arteta’s centre-backs.
Arsenal Eye Tite
Arsenal are reportedly in talks to bring Brazil boss Tite to the Emirates Stadium after the conclusion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Tite’s contract expires after December’s tournament and, having worked with Arsenal technical director Edu in the past, a potential reunion is believed to be on the horizon.
Although the exact nature of the role is yet to be revealed, Tite has worked in the past with some of the world’s best players including Neymar and Roberto Firmino, and handed Gunners youngster Gabriel Martinelli his midweek debut.
The experience Tite could bring to the Emirates Stadium could prove invaluable to Arsenal boss Arteta.
Odegaard via Fernandes
Martin Odegaard has been one of the best playmakers in the league since his move real Madrid to Arsenal in the summer.
And while Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes has an impressive record of goals and assists in the Premier League, former England striker Darren Bent doesn’t think the Portuguese star would make the Arsenal squad against Odegaard. The Norwegian has blended in seamlessly under manager Mikel Arteta.
And Bent said he was waiting for Fernandes to prove himself in important games.
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