Thomas Partey tells Arsenal fans: I want to make you happy

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The 19-year-old defender spent the 2019-20 campaign on loan at Saint-Etienne from Arsenal.

Although Saliba is a very good and promising young defender, he is only 19 years of age and is not ready to play week in and week out for the Gunners' first team.

The Gunners negotiated with championship clubs, including Brentford, to lend to Saliba, but that potential move also collapsed.

It leaves Saliba, who is still awaiting the start of his Gunners, as he faces an uncertain future with the North London club.

Puel was upset with Arsenal's treatment of Saliba because he feared the club's short-term strategy could do real harm to the teen's long-term development.

Despite Simeone's frustrations at how Arsenal went about signing Partey - who he had reportedly held conversations with about playing alongside Torreira before his last-minute exit - the Atletico boss wishes him the best. Where is the logic if not the financial?

"He wanted to join us".

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'We started to bring him up, it took a lot out of him, he went to Almeria and it was hard for him to find stability in the club. His adaptation would have been instant.

"This would have happened if all the conditions were met. It had to remain consistent with our finances and his contract, particularly for the management".

Earlier this month, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta stated that injuries and a season shortened by coronavirus resulted in Saliba's 2019-20 season not being what he or the Gunners had hoped.

"Last year was a year when Arsenal loaned him to Saint-Etienne and it was a turning point for him", said Arteta.

"For a number of reasons, he had a lot of changes, some personal issues and the cancellation of the Covit and the French League, he didn't have that change year, he didn't have that year".

"He needs that year of change and we are trying to make the right decisions for him so that he can give us the best year of change to bring the player into our future".

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