William Saliba

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William Saliba
Personal information
Full name William Alain André Gabriel Saliba[1]
Date of birth (2001-03-24) 24 March 2001 (age 19)[2]
Place of birth Bondy, France
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[3]
Playing position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 4
Youth career
2008–2014 AS Bondy
2014–2016 FC Montfermeil
2016–2018 Saint-Étienne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018 Saint-Étienne II 3 (0)
2018–2019 Saint-Étienne 16 (0)
2019– Arsenal 0 (0)
2019–2020Saint-Étienne (loan) 12 (0)
National team
2017 France U16 7 (1)
2017–2018 France U17 6 (2)
2018 France U18 5 (1)
2018 France U19 3 (0)
2019– France U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:38, 8 March 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 March 2019

William Alain André Gabriel Saliba (born 24 March 2001) is a French professional footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League club Arsenal.

Club career[edit]

Saint-Étienne[edit]

Saliba began playing football at the age of 6, coached by the father of Kylian Mbappé. He moved to Saint-Étienne in 2016.[4] He signed his first contract at the age of 17, on 30 May 2018.[5] Saliba made his professional debut with Saint-Étienne in a 3–2 Ligue 1 win over Toulouse on 25 September 2018.[6] He made 13 starting appearances for the first season at Saint-Étienne.[7]

Arsenal[edit]

On 25 July 2019, Arsenal announced that Saliba had signed a "long-term" contract with the club, and would join up with the team after staying on loan at Saint-Étienne for the 2019–20 season.[7] Media reported a contract duration of five years and that the transfer fee paid to Saint-Étienne amounted to £27 million.[8] Arsenal faced competition from rivals Tottenham Hotspur to complete the deal, with both clubs meeting Saint-Étienne's valuation of the player, however, Saliba chose to join Arsenal, with the club's interest in Saliba dating back to autumn of 2018.[9]

Saliba re-joined Saint-Étienne on loan for the beginning of the 2019–20 Ligue 1 campaign, as part of the transfer with Arsenal.[7] On 15 July 2020, it was confirmed by manager Claude Puel that Saliba would miss the upcoming Coupe de France cup final on 24 July and would end his loan at Saint-Étienne.[10]

Upon his return to Arsenal, Saliba was handed the number 4 shirt.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Saliba was born in Bondy, Seine-Saint-Denis.[13] He is of Cameroonian descent.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 8 March 2020[15]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Saint-Étienne II 2017–18 Championnat National 3 1 0 1 0
2018–19 Championnat National 2 2 0 2 0
Total 3 0 3 0
Saint-Étienne 2018–19 Ligue 1 16 0 2 0 1 0 19 0
Arsenal 2019–20 Premier League
2020–21 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0[a] 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Saint-Étienne (loan) 2019–20 Ligue 1 12 0 3 0 0 0 2[a] 0 17 0
Career total 31 0 5 0 1 0 2 0 39 0
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Arsenal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019: List of Players: France" (PDF). FIFA. 15 May 2019. p. 4. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  2. ^ "William Saliba: Overview". ESPN. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  3. ^ "William Saliba: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  4. ^ Faure, Anthony; Detout, Arnaud (27 September 2018). "Ligue 1 : William Saliba, un Bondynois sur les traces de Mbappé". Le Parisien (in French). Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  5. ^ @ASSEofficiel. "William Saliba passe professionnel".
  6. ^ "Toulouse FC - AS Saint-Etienne (2-3) - Saison 2018/2019 - Ligue 1 Conforama". www.lfp.fr.
  7. ^ a b c "#SalibaSigns: Saliba to join the club". Arsenal F.C. Official Website. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  8. ^ Cohen, Sonny (25 July 2019). "Arsenal sign Madrid's Ceballos on loan and £27m St Etienne defender Saliba". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Dani Ceballos and William Saliba sign for Arsenal". BBC Sport. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Arsenal and Saint-Étienne fail to reach William Saliba agreement". Onefootball. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Future captain? William Saliba given legendary Arsenal shirt number". 23 July 2020.
  12. ^ "New Arsenal shirt numbers: Saka 7, Saliba in for Elneny, Ceballos hint". Evening Standard. 23 July 2020.
  13. ^ "William Saliba". L'Équipe (in French). Paris. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  14. ^ Jacob, Gary (25 July 2019). "William Saliba: The promising teenager coached by Kylian Mbappé's father". The Times. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  15. ^ William Saliba at Soccerway
  16. ^ Sanders, Emma (29 August 2020). "Arsenal 1–1 Liverpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 August 2020.

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