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Didier Deschamps SLAMS Arsenal star

France manager Didier Deschamps has sensationally slammed an Arsenal star who has so far had an excellent season.

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France manager Didier Deschamps has slammed an Arsenal star for his performances, which comes as a real shock given his exceptional club form.

William Saliba was an unused substitute as France lost 2-0 to Germany in a friendly on Saturday, but Deschamps still found room to aim criticism at the 23-year-old.

The Frenchman has widely been considered to be amongst the world’s best defenders for the last season and a half, but Deschamps seems so far unimpressed by the Arsenal star.

The 55-year-old manager said on Monday: “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.”

He continued to deliver a damning verdict of Saliba: “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.”

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Despite seemingly ripping into the young Arsenal star, Deschamps did offer a comment to show some level of compassion towards Saliba, saying: “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 so far played every single minute in the Premier League for Arsenal in the 2023/24 season, and has become one of Mikel Arteta’s most consistent and reliable stars.

While the young star has occasionally made errors for Arsenal, his quality feels undeniable and makes the comments by Deschamps all the stranger, especially immediately after a defeat that Saliba played no role in.

France’s next game is on Tuesday night against Chile, where Saliba will hope to add to his 12 senior France caps and, despite these scathing comments, French journalist Fabrice Hawkins has reported that the Arsenal star is in line to start the game.

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