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‘He is ready’: William Saliba will be a ‘fantastic defensive rock for Arsenal, says Saint Etienne Manager, Claude Puel

‘He is ready’: William Saliba will be a ‘fantastic defensive rock for Arsenal, says Saint Etienne Manager, Claude Puel

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William Saliba will be a ‘fantastic’ defensive rock  for Arsenal, according to his Saint-Etienne manager Claude Puel.
The 19-year-old joined the Gunners in a £27million summer deal from the Ligue 1 outfit last year, before being loaned back to the club.

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But with Arsenal yet activate the option to extend David Luiz’s contract by 12 months, Saliba could be brought in as early as June, ahead of the return of the Premier League.
Saliba, who has been tipped for a bright future, needed more regular game time at the top level before slotting straight into the heart of Arsenal’s defence.

Having completed a season-long loan at Saint-Etienne, Puel believes Saliba , who he worked with in France, is now equipped.

‘He is ready,’ he told The Athletic. ‘He is a fantastic player. He is a young player but with a lot of maturity in his play. Also, in his life. He is a player with a good feeling and spirit. It will be hard for us without him but I think it is a fantastic opportunity for Arsenal.’
Puel added on the qualities that Saliba will add to Mikel Arteta’s squad: ‘I think they need a good centre back and have done for some time, and I think William is the right player. I think he can play all the time in the first team at Arsenal.’

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