William Saliba has promised his adoring Saint-Etienne fans that his ‘heart will always be green’ as he prepares to finally embark on his Arsenal career.
The teenage centre-half signed for the Gunners last season but was loaned back to his boyhood club for the entirety of the 2019/20 campaign.
Saliba had hoped to make one final appearance for Les Vert’s in next weekend’s French Cup final against Paris Saint-Germain but a compromise between the two clubs could not be reached.
Saint-Etienne claimed Arsenal had been guilty of ‘imposing absolutely unacceptable sports and financial conditions’ but the Gunners responded with a strongly worded statement of their own, claiming the Ligue 1 club had been unwilling to let Saliba follow a specially designed fitness programme.
Either way, Saliba is understood to have been left hugely frustated with a decision which has prevented him from competing in what would have been the biggest match of his fledgling career.
Bidding farewell to the club at which he has earned a reputation as one of the most highly-rated young defenders in European…