Williams Saliba has revealed he owned an Arsenal shirt with Thierry Henry’s name on the back when he was growing up and admits it’s exciting to be following in the footsteps of so many great French players.
Having spent last season back on loan with Saint-Etienne, the 19-year-old defender, thanks to a spate of centre-back injuries, could make his long-awaited Premier League debut against Fulham tomorrow.
Ahead of the trip to Craven Cottage, he attempted his first media interviews in English, telling BT Sport, “I’m very happy to be here and I’m very excited for the next [step].”
He added: “Yes, [it’s a dream come true] because it’s a very big club. When I was little I bought an Arsenal jersey with Thierry Henry [printed on the back]. Some years after, I’m wearing the Arsenal jersey. I’m so proud.”
The teenager also revealed that he’s already struck up a rapport with fellow new boy Gabriel Magalhaes via a mutual friend.
“I’ve already played against him in France and I have a friend who knows him,” he revealed.
“I’ve spoken to him since he’s come here, I’m very excited. We are young so we have to learn from defenders like David Luiz and the others.”