Arsenal transfer news: Gunners given ‘green light’ for £60m raid, Fulham ‘offered’ ex-Man City free agent
Arsenal star William Saliba is hoping to build on an impressive performance on his long-awaited Premier League debut.
It is just over three years since the young French centre-back joined the Gunners in a £27million deal from Ligue 1 club Saint Etienne.
Saliba immediately returned to his former club on a season-long loan deal and made similar moves to Nice and Marseille over the following two seasons.
However, he was finally handed a chance to impress in the Premier League on Friday night when Mikel Arteta named the 21-year-old centre-back in his starting lineup for the season opener at Crystal Palace.
Saliba repaid the Spaniard’s faith with an accomplished display and was named as man of the match by former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher in the aftermath of the 2-0 win.
After the game, the five-times capped France international reflected on his Premier League bow and looked forward to what lies ahead for him and his club.
“It was like this because it was the first game, we knew it would be hard here,” he told Sky Sports.
“So we stayed compact and strong and it’s good for the team.
“It is a long time I have been waiting for this moment. I am so happy to start my first game with a win and a clean sheet.
“It helped me to spend two or three years on loan in France because I am young and now I am back. I hope we can have a good season.”
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