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Arsenal defender Saliba admits that he is following Arteta’s side before returning from the loan from France

“I am 300% focused on Saint-Etienne, but I still follow their results”: Arsenal defender William Saliba admits that he is following Mikel Arteta awaiting the return of the France loan this summer

  • Saliba joined the Gunners last summer in a £ 27m deal from Saint-Etienne
  • The 18-year-old was loaned back to the Ligue 1 club but was hit by an injury
  • The defender recently returned to action prior to his return to North London

Arsenal defender William Saliba has rejected concerns that he had lost focus during his seasonal loan in France.

The 18-year-old joined the Gunners in a £ 27 million summer deal from Saint-Etienne before being loaned to Ligue 1 club.

Saliba has sidelined a large part of the campaign due to injuries, including a broken foot in November, excluding him until earlier this month.

William Saliba has rejected the concerns that he lost sight of during his loan period in France

William Saliba has rejected the concerns that he lost sight of during his loan period in France

But he recently returned to action prior to his return to North London at the end of the season.

Saliba insisted that he was completely focused on his current club – but says he is keeping a close eye on Arsenal, as he knows he will definitely be in North London next season.

Saliba told the Daily Mirror: ‘For now, I am 300% focused on Saint-Etienne. My head is nowhere else.

“I will be at Arsenal next year, but I am still following their results.”

The 18-year-old defender recently returned to action after he recovered from an injury

The 18-year-old defender recently returned to action after he recovered from an injury

The 18-year-old defender recently returned to action after he recovered from an injury

Former Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy, a Saliba’s teammate in Saint-Etienne, is impressed by the teen’s progress.

Debuchy told “The Official Ligue 1 Podcast”: “He’s a great player. I am so happy that he will play for a big club like Arsenal next season.

“He improves every game and I think he is a great player. He is strong with good technology. He is quick.

“I think he has a lot of quality to play at Arsenal.”


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