William Saliba is good enough to make the grade at Arsenal after proving as much on loan at Marseille, says William Gallas, but the French defender has been warned that he will likely have to accept a role on the bench at first.

A man snapped up from Saint-Etienne in 2019 is yet to make a competitive appearance for his parent club, with a first-team pathway remaining blocked off at Emirates Stadium for a highly-rated centre-half that is now 21 years of age.

Another window of opportunity could present itself in 2022, following another productive spell back home, but Gallas believes his fellow countryman is going to have to be patient in order to become a future star in north London.

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