William Saliba reflects on long-awaited Arsenal debut

Arsenal defender William Saliba described himself as ‘so happy’ to have finally made his Gunners debut, starting with a clean sheet and win against Crystal Palace in Friday’s Premier League opener.

Saliba joined Arsenal as an 18-year-old in a transfer worth £27m in 2019. But he has spent the last three years out on loan at Saint-Etienne, Nice and Marseille, playing 52 times in all competitions for the latter season and being named Ligue 1 young player of the year.

The centre-back had never played a competitive first-team game for Arsenal before walking onto the pitch at Selhurst Park…

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