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Arsenal confirm William Saliba signing – Reasons for Tottenham and loan decisions revealed

WILLIAM SALIBA is confirmed as Arsenal’s second signing of the day following on from the announcement of Dani Ceballos’ arrival.

The Spanish midfielder’s loan move from Real Madrid was announced earlier, and less than three hours later, Saliba’s switch has been confirmed on a long-term contract.

The centre-half, though, will remain with Saint-Etienne on a season-long loan, with Unai Emery set to have the 18-year-old as part of his squad from the summer of 2020.

However, in terms of a purchase for the future, Emery is delighted to have beaten off strong competition from Tottenham to lure £27m Saliba to the red half of north London.

Emery revealed: “We’re delighted William is joining us.” 

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Unai Emery has revealed why William Saliba signed for Arsenal (Pic: ARSENAL / GETTY)

“He will stay in France next season for more experience”

Unai Emery

Outlining the interest from Tottenham, as well as other European clubs, Emery added: “Many teams wanted him but he decided he wanted to come to us and be part of our future.” 

Saliba will continue his development in France for the 2019/20 campaign.

And Emery added: “He will stay in France next season for more experience and then we look forward to him joining our group.”

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Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/794154/Arsenal-William-Saliba-Tottenham-loan-Saint-Etienne-Unai-Emery-Transfer-News

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