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Report: Arsenal new boy Saliba has surgery

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William Saliba has had surgery on a muscle injury.

According to the Daily Mail, William Saliba has undergone surgery earlier this week.

The 18-year-old Frenchman was signed from French side Saint Etienne this summer for a fee in the region of 27 million pounds on a five-year deal.

He was, however, immediately loaned back to the Ligue 1 side for the 2019/20 season.

Of the signing Arsenal manager Unai Emery said:

“We’re delighted William is joining us.”

“Many teams wanted him but he decided he wanted to come to us and be part of our future.”

“He will stay in France next season for more experience and then we look forward to him joining our group.”

When the transfer took place, the young defender said:

“Well, first of all, it’s a massive pleasure to sign for a really, really big English club.”

“This is the biggest club in England for me, so it was an easy decision.”

“I didn’t think twice about signing here, so I’m really happy.”

“The history, the badge… since I was little, I’ve been watching Arsenal play in the Champions League and so on.”

“There are a lot of French players who have come through here.”

“So that really helped me to make my mind up.”

Saliba has featured on one preseason game so far this season. He missed the opening game of the season against Dijon.

He will now miss the next six weeks, after having the surgery and now in recovery. The surgery was for an abductor muscle injury

It is reported that the problem has been ongoing since the end of the previous season for the player.

The Saint Etienne manager Ghislain Printant said:

“Saliba had an operation earlier this week. We will take our time with his return.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 28: Arsenal manager Unai Emery looks on during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais at the Emirates Stadium on July 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)