Arsenal Star Says He is Delighted After Returning to The Emirates

Arsenal Star Says He is Delighted After Returning to The Emirates

Fred Kennedy
July 17, 2022 at 10:58 AM
  • William Saliba has revealed his desire to fight for a starting role under Mikel Arteta after his return to Arsenal
  • The 21-year-old French defender was signed by the Gunners in 2019 but struggled to win over Arteta's trust
  • However, the ex-Saint Etienne star is set to get a lifeline at the Emirates in the upcoming season following his return to Arsenal

Arsenal defender William Saliba has expressed his delight after he made a return to the Emirates Stadium this summer.

Saliba was signed by the Gunners from Saint-Etienne back in 2019 but was shipped back to the French Ligue 1 after struggling to break into Mikel Arteta's first-team plan.

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William Saliba reacts after the pre-season friendly match between Arsenal and Everton at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Photo by David Price.
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The 21-year-old has spent the last two seasons away on loan, only for him to return to the Emirates ahead of the 2022/23 season.

William Saliba excited with Arsenal return

Despite his struggles in his early months with the north Londoners, Saliba has insisted that he is happy to be returning to the Premier League club.

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Speaking before featuring in Arsenal's pre-season clash against Everton in Baltimore on Saturday, the Frenchman divulged that he is willing to fight for his place in Arteta's plans.

"My plan is to fight and work with the team, win as much as possible and grow more. It feels good to be back and start pre-season, to continue training and participating in friendly matches," he said as quoted by the Daily Mail.
"It's important to be here with the fans, as well as with my teammates. I hope we will enjoy good training and good matches, this which is important before the start of the season," he added.

Arsenal agree deal to sign Man City's Zinchenko

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Arsenal are closing in on a summer deal for Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Reports suggest that Arsenal technical director Edu is finalising personal terms with the Ukrainian.

A move to the Emirates Stadium would see Zinchenko become Arsenal's fifth signing this summer.

Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira headline a list of players the Gunners have acquired in the ongoing transfer window.

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