Arsenal fans fear William Saliba will ‘cancel’ transfer after watching Watford draw
Arsenal summer signing William Saliba would have been left alarmed at the defending from Unai Emery’s men at Watford.
The young centre-half was in attendance at Vicarage Road for the Premier League clash yesterday.
Saliba is spending the season on loan back at his former club Saint Etienne.
But he had Sunday afternoon off to be able to watch Arsenal’s return to action from the stands following the international break.
The 18-year-old would have enjoyed the first half as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a brace.
However, a huge lapse in concentration at the back saw Tom Cleverley pinch a goal back for the hosts after Sokratis Papastathopoulos inexplicably tried to pass the ball to Matteo Guendouzi on the edge of the Arsenal box.
Watford players had closed in on Arsenal before the goal kick was even played short to Sokratis and suddenly the unnecessary risky error shifted the momentum.
On Quique Sanchez Flores’ return to the Watford dugout in his first match back in charge, the Hornets grabbed a point as David Luiz then clumsily gave away a penalty which Roberto Pereyra equalised from.
Arsenal fans slated their side’s latest defensive failing, and supporters are even worried it will have put Saliba off arriving come July.
The defender will not play for the Gunners this season due to his Saint Etienne loan, and Arsenal fans will need the teenager to show true leadership qualities come next term.
Reacting on social media to an image of Saliba attending the Watford game yesterday, one fan posted: “I hope he had a blindfold”.
Another questioned: “Wonder what he though watching that defensive performance”.
And some jokingly feared he would scrap the move to Arsenal as one fan said: “He’s prob trying to cancel the transfer now”.
“Saliba transfer request incoming after today’s performance,” another wrote.
One said: “I’m sure he was shaking his head in shame all thru the 2nd half”.
And a final Arsenal fan posted on Twitter: “Knows he’s walking straight into that team”.