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‘He does things I don’t like’, Deschamps explains why Arsenal’s Saliba is not yet France starter

France manager Didier Deschamps has explained why Arsenal defender William Saliba is not a regular starter for his team.

The 23-year-old Saliba has become a key player for Arsenal in the last 18 months, but he is down the pecking order at France’s national team. He has only started in six of his 12 appearances for France and was on the bench during their defeat to Germany in a friendly on Saturday.

Ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against Chile, Deschamps criticise Saliba and claimed he is not yet ready to start for France.

He told reporters: “He is having a good season, but he also does things that I don’t like so much. For France, he has limited game time, but when he plays, that hasn’t necessarily gone well. The hierarchy doesn’t favour him at the moment, but he is here. Dayot Upamecano has had game time and perhaps William has had less. With certain players, I make sure to persevere, because it can be confidence or little blockages that can shift. Some don’t have any concerns, some need game time. William has had less game time, so that doesn’t allow him to be very calm.”

Saliba has started in all 28 of Arsenal’s Premier League games so far this season, with the Gunners having the best defensive record in the league.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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