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Arsenal defender Saliba insists Arteta relationship 'very positive'

Arsenal defender William Saliba insists he understands manager Mikel Arteta holding him back.

Saliba has opened up on life at Arsenal, admitting it's a "dream" to play for the north Londoners.

The Gunners acquired the French centre-back's services from Saint-Etienne last summer but immediately loaned him back to the Ligue 1 side.

Upon his return, Saliba was expected to be immediately thrown into the heart of Arsenal's defence.

Gunners boss Arteta, however, has opted against putting the 19-year-old in the firing line.

"It is a big dream [to play for Arsenal]," Saliba said in an interview with Ian Wright. "It was a big dream becoming a reality for me.

"[Mikel Arteta] is very positive. Sometimes he would send me a message when I was at Saint-Etienne. So it's good."

Saliba's enjoyment of his time at the Emirates partly stems from the relationship he's struck up with French speakers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

He added: "Yes it's very good because I don't speak good English at the moment. When I don't understand something, Auba, Laca and the coach help me."

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