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St Etienne pair hail Arsenal defender Saliba: A great player

St Etienne teammates are full of praise for on-loan Arsenal defender William Saliba.

The Gunners completed a £27million move for the 18-year-old French defender last summer but then loaned him back to Saint-Etienne for the current campaign.

ASSE fullback Mathieu Debuchy told The Official Ligue 1 Podcast: "He's a great player. I'm so happy for him to play next season for a big club like Arsenal.

"He improves every game and I think he is a great player. He's strong with good technique. He's quick.

"I think he has a lot of quality to play at Arsenal."

Midfielder Yohan Cabaye added: "He's like a big man - he's only 18 but he's like a big man. The way he plays, him and Wesley Fofana are both fantastic.

"The future look bright for them and I hope they continue in the same way.

"He's strong and hopefully he will adapt himself really quickly. In a club like Arsenal with French players I think he can do really well."

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