William Saliba is back in the headlines after doubling down on his criticism of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.
The 19-year-old was signed by the Gunners when Unai Emery was in charge, before being immediately loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the duration of the 2019/20 campaign.
However, a combination of injuries and the coronavirus pandemic forcing Ligue 1 to prematurely end, meant Saliba failed to have the transition period that Arsenal bosses were looking for.
Arteta claimed the Frenchman wasn't ready to contribute to the first-team picture, opting to leave him out of his Europa League squad and failing to offer him an opportunity in the senior team.
He was subsequently loaned to Nice in the January window, where he will be hoping to impress ahead of a bigger role next season.
But not for the first time, he has risked incurring the wrath of Arteta & Co. by questioning the decision making process in north London.
Here's everything he has said since completing his temporary Arsenal exit last month.
'Here to be the boss'
Speaking at his official unveiling with Nice, Saliba claimed he was ready to assert his dominance with his new team.
"I am a young player, but for me I can bring my young experience," he said.
"I have come to run the defence and I intend to give my all and I hope that we will be better defensively in the matches to come."
On his struggles at Arsenal, he outlined a number of factors that had contributed to his lack of first-team opportunities.
"My first six months were difficult, because I was coming from six months where I wasn’t able to train because I was at home (pandemic), and couldn’t train outside, couldn’t play," he added.
"I arrived there as they were finishing the league season, so I was training alone. As soon as they came back from holidays, we quickly had the first friendly matches where I lacked rhythm and was a bit insufficient physically.
"The coach immediately told me that I was not ready. I would have at least liked to have a chance to rediscover my rhythm. But this is football, it's like that."
Waiting for a chance
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Shortly after signing for Nice, he admitted that he expected to be given a chance at Arsenal and was surprised with the way it turned out.
“After that I waited for my chance, I waited for him to play me more to get a rhythm. But that’s football, it’s like that, it’s behind me and I took the experience.
“I have learned that nothing is certain, you can be there, in your game, and then things can go south. I took a lot of experience from it, at least I will be ready for the future.”
In perhaps a state of where his mind is, when asked about what he hopes is next, any mention of Arsenal was left out.
“As many matches as possible, as many titles as possible,” he answered. “I hope to play one day for the French national team.”
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And earlier this week, Saliba has doubled down on the suggestion that Mikel Arteta was too quick to make his judgement, while admitting he is now happy to be with his new team.
"It is clear that so much has changed in the last year,” he told RMC's 'Top of the Foot' show.
"When I saw that the coach changed a lot changed for me too. In this year there has been a lot of change. He judged me on two-and-a-half matches. I would have liked for him to play me more. But he told me I wasn't ready.
"I was waiting for him to give me a chance, but football is like that. When I initially came to Arsenal the league looked very good so I showed up to training and wanted to train on my own to show the coach I was ready.
"I am happy now, I want to play for Nice. The idea when you're part of a team is a better feeling for me."
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