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Arsenal new boy William Saliba reveals one star who convinced him of Gunners move

The Frenchman’s Gunners move was confirmed yesterday in a £27m deal – but will stay at Saint-Etienne next season. 

Saliba became the club’s third signing of the summer after Gabriel Martinelli and Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos on loan. 

Breaking into the Ligue 1 side last season, the 18-year-old only made 19 appearances before heading to north London. 

And the defender has revealed how he came to a decision. 

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In the clip, Saliba is doing his first interview with the Gunners. 

And the interviewer asks if the teenager spoke to any of Unai Emery’s stars before moving. 

The new boy says: “Yeah, I spoke to Matteo [Guendouzi].”

Moving from Lorient last summer, the midfielder made 48 appearances for the Gunners last season.

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Unai Emery and William Saliba

Arsenal new boy William Saliba has revealed how a chance meeting with one star secured the move (Pic: GETTY/ ARSENAL)

And he made three appearances for France at the Under-21 European Championships. 

But the 20-year-old had a big part to play in Saliba’s transfer – and it was all by chance. 

“I bumped into him at a fun fair in Paris,” the defender added. 

“That’s where I told him that Arsenal wanted to sign me. 

“He gently advised me to come here and explained what it was like.” 

This footage was shared on the club’s official Instagram channel this morning, where it has been viewed more than 100,000 times. 

And the Gunners faithful hailed their young midfielder for his part in the transfer. 

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Matteo Guendouzi

Saliba met Matteo Guendouzi at a funfair in Paris, who convinced him to move (Pic: GETTY)

“I bumped into him at a fun fair in Paris”

William Saliba

“Matteo slowly becoming a fan favourite,” one supporter said. 

Another commented: “You love to see it.”

While a third simply said: “Agent Matteo.”

It comes as Saliba’s potential position in the Gunners XI has ben revealed. 

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/794270/Arsenal-William-Saliba-Matteo-Guendouzi-Paris-fun-fair-transfer-Saint-Etienne-Instagram

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