“I belong to Arsenal!” William Saliba gives an important update on his future | Soccer

William Saliba is determined to prove he is capable of building a career at Arsenal (Image: Telefoot)

William Saliba has confirmed he will return to Arsenal this summer in a belated kickstart to his career at the north London club.

The 21-year-old joined the Gunners from Saint-Etienne in a headline-grabbing £30million transfer three years ago but is yet to make his competitive debut.

After taking over from Unai Emery, Mikel Arteta felt the centre-back was not ready for the rigors of English football and has loaned the defender out twice in the last two and a half years.

After impressing at Nice, it looked like Saliba would be given a chance last season but a lack of European football, coupled with the arrival of Ben White in a £50m deal, led to it that Arteta decided to loan Saliba again this time Marseille.

Saliba enjoyed a hugely successful season at OM, helping Jorge Sampaoli’s side secure Champions League football while being named Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year.

The lure of Europe’s elite club competition prompted Saliba to suggest last month he wanted to stay at Marseille, but Arteta insisted the plan is always to give the player the opportunity to impress at Arsenal.

And Saliba is now ready to take on the challenge of proving himself to Arteta and interfering in his manager’s plans for next season.

Speaking to Telefoot, the France international defender said: “I belong to Arsenal, I have two years left.

“I will be back with Arsenal. I’ve played zero games and I still want to show them my true colors and have a chance to play for these fans and this great club.

“But it’s not just up to me. In any case, it would be a shame to leave like that.’


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Nate Jones

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