Emery excited and delighted after another brilliant signing Saiba arrives at Arsenal on big five-year deal
Gunners boss Unai Emery has admitted he is delighted that William Saliba has decided to sign with Arsenal this transfer window.
Breaking into Saint-Etienne’s first-team in September, Saliba had an outstanding debut season in France and caught the attentions of the Premier League’s elite with his performances.
Gunners boss Unai Emery have been keeping close tabs on Saliba’s progress and Arsenal were desperate to complete a deal for the winger, who was also interesting London rivals Tottenham.
But even though Spurs offered more to sign the young man, Saliba decided to make the move to the Emirates and has officially signed a big five-year deal, and Emery has admitted that he is delighted to see the defender arrive at the club.
Unai 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.’
Emery needs some world class centre-backs to come in and improve the squad and if he gets the money to get big deals done, he should.
However, Saliba does have the physical attributes to adapt to the Premier League and for the £27 million that he may be sold for this summer he could be an absolute bargain.
So rather than letting another deal slip through their fingers, the Gunners finally managed to secure a deal for the defender after months of speculation and rumours.
The signing of Saliba will come as great news after Emery also managed to secure deals for Gabrielle Martinelli and Dani Ceballos, who joined the club on a loan basis until the end of next season.
Saliba has the potential to become a world class defender and if he gets the kind of game time that he wants and needs, Arsenal could have made a real bargain signing for the £27 million that they have reportedly agreed.
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