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Saliba admits he has 'crush' on Arsenal ahead of debut season

William Saliba admits he has a 'crush' on Arsenal ahead of his debut season at the club.

Saliba has ended his loan spell with St. Etienne, where he returned for a season after the two clubs agreed a permanent move last summer.

"I fell for Arsenal from the start," said Saliba to L'Equipe (via GFFN) "A number of French players have been there.

"Arsenal has not been at the top of its game for the last three, four years. But, like St Étienne, its badge, its history and its fans made me want it. I have a crush on Arsenal. I had no hesitation.

"I am discovering another world."

On not being able to play in the Coupe de France final against PSG, Saliba added: "It would have been my first final, my second year as a professional.

"Of course I hope to play other finals, but you are never sure of anything. On top of that, it would have been my last match with the club that formed me. I hoped, hoped. Truly.

"Even when it became impossible. The two clubs did everything for me to play. But they did not reach an agreement. I was very disappointed."

Saliba has been assigned the No.4 shirt when he arrives at Arsenal.

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