William Saliba is perfect for Arsenal, claims Mathieu Debuchy

William Saliba will return to Arsenal from Saint Etienne at the end of the current season
William Saliba will return to Arsenal from Saint Etienne at the end of the current season (Picture: Getty)

Former Arsenal flop Mathieu Debuchy believes William Saliba has all the qualities required to excel at Arsenal.

The Gunners beat Tottenham to the signing of the 18-year-old centre-half in the summer but were forced to loan the teenager back to Saint Etienne for the current season as part of the deal.

Saliba has missed a large part of the campaign through injury but impressed on his return against Monaco last week and Debuchy, his current teammate, is confident he will thrive when he eventually begins his Premier League career.

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.

Mathieu Debuchy has relaunched his career at St Etienne following a difficult spell at Arsenal
Mathieu Debuchy has relaunched his career at St Etienne following a difficult spell at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

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

Those sentiments were largely echoed by former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who himself signed for Saint Etienne last August.

He 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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