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'I feel really bad for Saliba' - Arteta regrets leaving £27m defender out of Arsenal's Europa League squad

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed that the decision to leave William Saliba out of the Gunners’ Europa League squad was a “hurtful” and regrettable one.

The young Frenchman was signed from Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2019 for £27 million (€30m/$35m) but spent last term back on loan at the Ligue 1 club.

It proved to be an injury-hit campaign for the youngster, and when he finally joined up with the London side on a full-time basis he was unable to immediately win over the confidence of the manager.

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Consequently, he was left out of the group that will play European football before Christmas, despite a crisis at centre-back ahead of the encounter with Dundalk leaving Arteta’s men short in that area.