Ian Wright has said that he is excited about the arrival of William Saliba at Arsenal, admitting he didn’t think the club could pull it off.
The young Frenchman completed a £27 million move to the Emirates earlier this week, although will be loaned back to St. Etienne for the 2019/20 campaign where he will continue his development.
“I have to say with Saliba he’s a player that I’m excited about. I didn’t think we’d get him,” Wright said.
“With the club’s chasing him and the money they were throwing at him, for us to make that deal happen, that is a player who has been sought after and we’ve got him.
“Anybody at the club who has played a part in that deal has got to take a maximum amount of credit.
“I know he’s going back and I know we definitely need a centre-half, but if we are going to be totally honest with where Arsenal are at the moment, if we can get a centre-half for the future and we have to loan him back and then have to try and fill spaces and get people in we have to do that.”
Wright was realistic about the Gunners current standing among the Premier League‘s biggest sides, but said that players like Saliba can be ‘the future’ of the club.
“We cannot compete with Man City and Liverpool in respect of buying the finished article yet,” he added.
“We have to understand that’s where we are and I think that someone like Saliba is the future and we’ve got him.”