Confirmed: William Saliba signs for Arsenal

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Arsenal have confirmed the signing of William Saliba from Saint-Étienne and that the 18-year-old will be loaned back to the Ligue 1 side for the season ahead.

The Gunners have been trying to sign the France under-20 international all summer and are thought to have agreed a package worth nearly €30 million.

Speaking about the deal, 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 is currently sidelined by a groin injury that he picked up at the tail-end of last season but that hasn’t hindered his medical.

Saint-Étienne kick-off the new season away at Dijon on 10th August, no doubt Gooners will be paying extra attention to their matches this season as our new boy looks to burnish his reputation.

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Lanre
Lanre

Come back stonger boy

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

Big Willy

Three Steps Sideways
Three Steps Sideways

Alas not Free.

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles

Well that is good news for the future. Let’s hope he has an excellent season in France and joins up with us as a more polished and experienced player.

Man Manny
Man Manny

This guy is the defensive Kylian Mbappe, believe me.
You are worth waiting a season for.
May your days in Arsenal be long a trophy laden.
Welcome.

Savage
Savage

You wait for a London bus, and then …

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Before you get off the bus, you might hear Zaha was signed. Sanllehi and Edu on fire.

Leon
Leon

Sanlehhi and Edu on fire?
What a joke that is….

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

You find out you have to wait for another year?

Santori
Santori

Zaha another waste of money.

55m (plus we have to send Nelson on loan)

Don’t understand it.

Ziyech (according to Overmars)offered to us for 22m. Fekir 24m-30m

Sanlehi doesn’t know what he is doing.

Caligunner
Caligunner

If ziyech is such a bargain why hasn’t any other clubs come in on him?

Fekir is a good player no doubt but he ended up in betis for a reason.

Mike1
Mike1

Can you please stop repeating yourself in every single post. We all know your position. Obsessive repetition of the same opinion doesn’t increase its merit.
Don’t you ask yourself why Ziyech and Fekir were not snapped up by the super clubs?

TorontoGunner
TorontoGunner

Good Ebening.. Fuckin spurs put back in their place once again. Both players joined us. Fuck Levy

K9ine
K9ine

Guess today is buy one get one free day. Welcome son. Hope ur wish to pair up with Holding to become legends come to pass

Savage
Savage

Official video has him wearing an Arsenal shirt as a kid … all set to be a legend

Goonerink

he also chose us over CL runners up s***s

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

I am now optimist about our defence in the future. Holding, Saliba, Mavro, Chambers and experienced and more cautious Papas. Hope Emery will keep our little polish gem too. Life is good until first defeat.

Mesut O’Neill
Mesut O’Neill

Cautious & Sokratis will never be used in the same sentence unless they misspell it at put an N at the end instead of US.

Merlin’s Panini
Merlin’s Panini

Good stuff. Can’t expect too much from him, which is difficult given his price tag. Even when he joins next season he’ll be only 19 so he has a long road ahead. An extra year’s first team football will do him good but he looks like a unit already! Glad this is over the line and we can move on with other targets… maybe….

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I dunno the best players are often first team regulars at that age

Santori
Santori

De Ligt, Upamecano and Koyate have played A LOT of matches for first team at high level.

Saliba has not.

BIG difference.

kaius
kaius

No, it’s not such a big difference. De Ligt is a super talent who’s been playing in Holland where you can blood players even younger than you can in France.

When Dayot Upamecano was 19 (last year) he started 25 games for Leipzig (he missed a lot of this season with a long-term injury). And so his back-up Ibrahima Konate had 27 starts at 19 this season and only turned 20 in May. When Dayot was 18 though, he only had 8 starts, and last year when Konate was 18 he had 14 starts.

William Saliba is about 2 years younger than those two. He’ll be 18 for most of this coming season with Les Verts, so his development compares pretty well with those two so far.

YaGunnersYa
YaGunnersYa

He will be 18 until his 19th birthday (at least that’s how I think it works).
Let’s see how many starts he gets until that point. I’d be very happy if he can develop as well as Upamecano (I definitely believe he has the potential, and so too seemingly does our recruitment team).

Good luck this year William, and we look forward to seeing you in Arsenal colours next year!

Chickenshite

GET IN!

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

A wise man once said:

New signings are like buses, you wait ages for one, and then two-three come along at once.

Savage
Savage

A wise man indeed

kaius
kaius

He said in his interview when they asked him why he’s going back to St. Etienne for another season, and he replied:

“Because when you sign for a club like Arsenal, you need to be ready”.

I love this kid already. He’s talking about psychological and physical maturity, not just ability. just wish more of our fans understood this before they insist we throw academy players into the first team ahead of experienced pros.

Kostas
Kostas

So you would rather Mustaphi instead of Bielik
and Elneny instead of Willock
and Nketiah instead of Bendtner etc.

Given that the team is seriously worse than last year and top4 is a distant dream I would rather give XP to juniors instead of just observing seniors lowering the transfer values.

kaius
kaius

I disagree with your analysis because the standard of the top 6 increased massively this year with 4 of us making the CL & EL Finals. We did improve – but we were held back by costly individual errors and injuries.

If you want to know what 1st team football would’ve been like for 18yr old Willock and 17yr old Saka, just remember the rough patches and criticism Torreira, Guendouzi, AMN and Iwobi went through this year, and those guys are 3-4 yrs older.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

That is proper good news! Welcome Will!

Goonereality
Goonereality

Like buses, you wait for one transfer to come along then there are two!

Santori
Santori

I’d take one Ferrari to two buses.

At least one of these buses looks like it could be a sports car. The other is completely useless and going away to back where it came from , not where we need to be going.

MayoGooner
MayoGooner

So they pay 30milion euros on this chap to loan him back, but 30million is too much for a 22 year old wing back who would start playing straight away????

Leon
Leon

Arsenal should be signing players for this season.
They are in no position at all to be signing players and loaning them out for a year.
In case they didn’t notice our defence is pretty shite..

Santori
Santori

Can’t agree with you more.

9jagun
9jagun

Good business today. Still sad that we couldn’t get Kieran Tierney

Santori
Santori

That would have been another stupid decision.

Signings are not good just for the sake of them.

You need to look at the deeper implications.

And understand whats really going on.

1) We have immediate need to sort out Cback. We already have 2 young cback hopefuls (Mavro and BIelik). Nor is Saliba’s statistics that scintillating when you consider he has ONLY featured 16-19 matches max.

2) Tierney would have distracted money away from Cback and winger signings or at least have impact to the money we should be committing to bring in quality.

We don’t need to be worrying over Lback just yet.

We need to concentrate our limited budget and resource on as minimum number of positions possible.

Now the fear is the transfer team would have said they have spent money and we don’t find ‘value’ in market, we don’t fix our Cback issues yet again.

If Saliba proves false down the line, it will cost us and should we fail to deliver Arsene’s cherished 4th place pot again, we will be in BIG trouble in subsequent markets.

Löuzil
Löuzil

William Alain André Gabriel Saliba. His full name. Four familiar first name. WG10 AS11 G5. I hope he’ll be better than all 3 combined aha. #coyg

Löuzil
Löuzil

I meant three familiar first names*

Pat Fried Rice
Pat Fried Rice

Andre Santos. Except he wasn’t that good.

GunneRon

‘Salibating’ at the prospect of this kid leading our defence for years too come. You just got a feeling, he’s gonna be special. Its always nice to get one over the Spuds (Ceballos). But to get two (Ceballos & Saliba), and that too in a single day !! Well you couldn’t ask for a better day as a Gooner !

dr Strange
dr Strange

Like anything would hinder the Arsenal in a medical! Great to get a real talent and well done to the club. Can’t wait for Saliba to get going with us!

The Spoon
The Spoon

A signing every hour today, well played arsenal, going to be an exciting evening 😀

bdotm
bdotm

ebening*

Santori
Santori

Don’t understand this signing whatsoever.

Hopefully he proves good.

BUT :

1) We have limited budget and even in installments, it has impact to our other dealings.

2) This does not have ANY impact on our urgent needs in central defense.

3) Its expensive eventually. Should he not work out, we will face a massive loss not to mention he will be difficult to move on and with potential impact to other transfer windows down the line.

4) We already have young Cbacks in Bielik and Mavropanos developing. Why the need for one more?

5) He has only played 16-19 senior games last season. His stats are purely based on a much more limited span of games. Contrast Upamecano or Koyate at Liepzig with over 49-55 games under their belt and likely available for immeidiate impact. RB Liepzig just signed a Chelsea player in loan for Cback which indicates willingness to sell on.

This is not a good decision.

The only silver lining is if he proves to be what he is hyped up to be.

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner

Welcome son

Tankard Gooner
Tankard Gooner

My best mate’s daughter was born today. Years from now I’ll be telling her all about how on her fateful birthday we signed ceballos who we’d have for only a year and saliba who we’d get after one year. How one helped us get back in the UCL and the other one won it.

Santori
Santori

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bobbymcmahon/2019/07/25/what-you-need-to-know-about-arsenals-new-signings-dani-ceballos-and-william-saliba/#3217fe2326d0

Helps clears things up a bit.

Again some people out there on the net believe we aren’t paying anything for Saliba.

Eventually we will pay up to 38m for him!

We are forking out 5m for him this season as we speak to be a non feature. Whilst it seems a paltry sum, remember this could be the difference between signing Tierney or not or perhaps going for an Everton Soares or a lesser player.

Considering the limits of our current budget, 5m will have an impact.

Guendouzi's Bald Patch
Guendouzi's Bald Patch

$38,000,000 USD = 30,517,040.00 Pounds based on today’s exchange rate

4,000,000 Euro = 3,580,200.00 Pound sterling to be paid this summer.

Same amount we recieve if Bennacer moves to Milan

Less of your fear mongering good sir