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Arsenal announce the signing of William Saliba from Saint-Etienne

first_imgDani Ceballos has also agreed a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty) AdvertisementAdvertisementUnai Emery told Arsenal’s website: ‘We’re delighted William is joining us. Many teams wanted him but he decided he wanted to come to us and be part of our future.‘He will stay in France next season for more experience and then we look forward to him joining our group.’Saliba made his breakthrough with Saint-Etienne last season, featuring 16 times in Ligue 1 and playing 19 first-team games for the club in all competitions.The youngster predominantly played at centre-back but has also deputised at right-back and has been compared in style to Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane. Arsenal announce the signing of William Saliba from Saint-Etienne Saliba will go back on loan to Ligue 1 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal had appeared to be the front-runners for Saliba’s signature throughout the transfer window but they faced late competition from Spurs who attempted to hijack the deal.Saliba eventually opted to move to the red half of north London, though, after being enticed by the club’s project which revolves around developing young players over the next few years.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeculation over his move to Arsenal gathered pace on Monday after he was pictured with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette during Saint-Etienne’s game against Marseille in Washington.Arsenal have high hopes for Saliba but Emery could be forced to sign another central defender to slot in immediately with Laurent Koscielny facing an uncertain future at the Emirates.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 25 Jul 2019 5:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares William Saliba has signed for Arsenal on a long-term contract (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have announced the signing of William Saliba on a long-term contract from Saint-Etienne with the defender set to return to the Ligue 1 club on loan next season.The 18-year-old had been linked with a move to Arsenal for a number of weeks and has reportedly chosen to join the club ahead of their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.Although Arsenal have not disclosed a transfer fee for Saliba, it is believed that they have paid around £27m including add-ons for the France U20 international.It has been a busy day for the Gunners as they have also tied up a season-long loan deal for Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid which was announced just over an hour before Saliba’s arrival.ADVERTISEMENTComing soon. À bientôt.🇫🇷 #SalibaSigns pic.twitter.com/U2tTwIXp2A— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 25, 2019 Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more