I reject your reality, I substitute my own !!
Yes, it's a speculation in both directions. What is true, is that the loan was a great success, and now he is starting for Arsenal, just like was planned. He says it, and it's obvious that he has developed in a full season at Marseille. It's impossible that he hasn't.We’re speculating aren’t we?
You might be right but the level he’s able to produce is so incredible currently that I find it difficult to imagine that he wouldn’t have been very good for us last year.
I think it makes sense to have a player of that profile as our third rotation option at cb with the chance of displacing our first choices. With the benefit of hindsight we can also see how injury prone Tomiyasu was and that would have given him opportunities at rb or cb if we decided to shift white out their like this season.
I’ve always said I think the loan to Marseilles last season is what was best for him and his development. But as far as what’s best for Arsenal, I think he makes the difference to our cl campaign and we build a better relationship with the player and are better placed to negotiate a contract now if he stayed.
Like I said, Arsenal is not a team that has 70-80k pounds wage per week players not playing at all.
We would have needed to do that to Cedric too basically if Saliba was here. Or otherwise we would have needed to pay for him to leave also as selling deadwood has not been easy recently.
Cedric and Holding not playing at all would cost 7,2 million pounds for a season and this is not what Arsenal can afford to do with our FFP problems. Plus we would have paid Saliba's wages and didn't get any loan fee if there was one.