Following tough competition, Arsenal has finally announced the signing of 18-year-old French defender William Saliba.
Last season, the young defender enjoyed a breakout season in France where he was promoted to Saint-Etienne’s first team and made 16 league appearances for the club.
Speaking about the transfer, head coach Unai Emery said: “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, who joins the North London side from Ligue 1 club Saint-Etienne, has signed a long-term contract with Arsenal. However, as part of the deal, the youngster will return to his former club for the 2019/20 league season on a season-long loan.
Facts and Stats:
- Age: 18 (DOB – 24th March 2001)
- Height: 6ft 4in
- Clubs: Arsenal (2019 – present), Saint-Etienne loan (2019 – 2020), Saint-Etienne (2016 – 2019)
- When he was younger, William Saliba was coached by Kylian Mbappe’s father.
- Last season, the 18-year-old averaged 5.17 interceptions, 3.47 aerial duels, and 10.15 ball recoveries per 90 minutes. (Source – WyScout via Football.London)
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