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Saliba is keen to seize the opportunity at Arsenal.

Updated: Dec 31, 2022

Defender Saliba says he wants to fight, work and grow at Arsenal FC.

Saliba is currently preparing for his first proper season with the Gunners.

Arsenal defender William Saliba has admitted that he will “fight and work” to secure a starting place in his first season under Mikel Arteta. The Frenchman sealed a move to the Emirates in the summer of 2019 for £25m but has spent the last three campaigns on loan at Saint-Etienne, Nice, and Marseille. At Marseille last season, his performances led him to win the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award and eventually earn a France call-up.

Speaking ahead of the exciting 2022-23 Premier League season, Saliba said he is looking forward to a new life with the Gunners under Arteta.

“I had a good season last season,” he said while on pre-season tour in America with Arsenal. “We [Marseille] finished second in the table and I had some good moments and learned a lot, and I hope this season will be better than that. “I was very proud [to win the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award] because the league has a lot of good young players, so it’s good for me but I want more.

“When I was on loan I watched every single [Arsenal] game because when I was there some players weren’t. I watched the games to see how they played, so when I was back it would be easier to play with those I hadn’t met before. “We spoke a little bit on Monday and will speak more. My plan is to fight and work with the team, win as much as possible, and grow more.”

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