William Saliba will join up with Arsenal next year.

Arsenal agreed a deal to sign promising defender William Saliba in the summer.

The one condition was that the Gunners loaned him back to Saint Etienne for the year.

It may turn out to be a sacrifice worth making.

The France under-21 star has been playing on a regular basis in Ligue 1 and remains a fan favourite for his club.

He helped his side to a 1-0 victory at the weekend, over Laurent Koscielny’s Bordeaux. 

Saint Etienne posted a picture of Saliba on their Twitter account after the victory. 

Arsenal supporters were delighted to see their incoming defender continue to make a good impression.

Defence is a big priority for the Gunners to improve and Saliba will make them better.

Arsenal just have to be patient over the 18-year-old.

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