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​St. Etienne boss Puel insists Saliba 'ready' for Arsenal: He's what they need

St. Etienne manager Claude Puel says William Saliba is "ready" to play for Arsenal.

The Gunners signed Saliba from St. Etienne last summer, but the 18-year-old defender returned to the Ligue 1 on loan.

He will finally arrive at Arsenal this summer, and Puel says he is just the player Mikel Arteta needs.

"He is ready," Puel told The Athletic. "He is a fantastic player. He is a young player but with a lot of maturity in his play. Also, in his life. He is a player with a good feeling and spirit.

"It will be hard for us without him but I think it is a fantastic opportunity for Arsenal.

"I think they need a good centre-back and have done for some time, and I think William is the right player.

"I think he can play all the time in the first team at Arsenal."

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