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St Etienne coach Puel blasts Arsenal over Saliba treatment

St Etienne coach Claude Puel has blasted Arsenal over their treatment of William Saliba.

Puel has questioned why Arsenal signed Saliba only to leave him out of their squad for the Europa League. The youngster is yet to make his Gunners debut.

He told L'Equipe: "It was short-term [thinking], even for the kids.

"A superb player like William, to whom I wish the best, has not even made it to Arsenal's Europa League squad. Where is the logic, if not financial?

The former Southampton and Leicester boss added: "He had a great desire to join us (on-loan).

"The club are a bit like family and friends [to him]. His adaptation would have been instant.

"This would have happened if all the conditions had met. It had to remain consistent with our finances and his contract, particularly for the management."


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