Arsenal signing William Saliba leads Saint-Etienne chants with giant megaphone after derby win over Lyon – Metro.co.uk

Arsenal have loaned William Saliba to Saint-Etienne until the end of the season
Arsenal have loaned William Saliba to Saint-Etienne until the end of the season (Picture: Reuters)

William Saliba gave Arsenal fans a glimpse of the future in the aftermath of Saint-Etienne’s derby victory over Lyon at the weekend

The 18-year-old defender completed a £27million move from Saint-Etienne to Arsenal back in July before being loaned back to the Ligue 1 outfit for the 2019/20 campaign.

An injury meant Saliba missed the start of Saint-Etienne’s season, but the France Under-20 international played his first full match against Wolfsburg in the Europa League last Thursday.

And on Sunday evening, Saliba produced an outstanding performance on his Ligue 1 return as Saint-Etienne beat bitter rivals Lyon on home soil at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

Saliba played his first full 90 minutes after returning from injury
Saliba played his first full 90 minutes after returning from injury (Picture: Getty)

Second-half substitute Robert Beric scored a 90th-minute header to seal a dramatic 1-0 win for the hosts and there were jubilant scenes after the final whistle.

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Saliba even grabbed a giant megaphone at one point and began leading the chants in front of Saint-Etienne’s rapturous home support.

The teenager sent Saint-Etienne fans into a frenzy. Just look at that crowd…

After signing on the dotted line with Arsenal this summer, Saliba revealed that Matteo Guendouzi played a major role in convincing him to join the club.

‘The history, the badge… since I was little, I’ve been watching Arsenal play in the Champions League,’ the young central defender said.

‘There are a lot of French players who have come through here. So that really helped me to make my mind up.

‘Yeah, I spoke to Matteo Guendouzi.

‘I even bumped into him at a funfair in Paris, and that’s where I told him that Arsenal wanted to sign me!

‘He gently advised me to come here and explained what it was like.’

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