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William Saliba: holder in the center of defense, who is Bondy's other crack ?

Central defender, William Saliba is a central element of Arsenal and is now a major element of Didier Deschamps.

He is Bondy's other talent. From this town of Seine-Saint-Denis, Kylian Mbappé has not been the only &agrav; go out to become a professional footballer. William Saliba also took him on. not. Unknown to the general public, less visible than the Paris Saint-Germain striker, the Arsenal defender nonetheless remains one of the possibilities future executives of the French team. Held by Arsenal since 2019 then loaned to à Having played several times in the aforementioned French clubs, William Saliba now seems to have made a place for himself with the Gunners. With the Blues, he now seems to be at the top of the hierarchy even if his performance is still criticized. by Didier Deschamps à the image of the last gathering. 

"IHe's having a good season. He also does things that I don't like as much. In the French team, he has reduced playing time, but when he has played çit didn'necessarily go well. The hierarchy is not favorable to him at the moment. But he is there. Dayot (Upamecano) had some playing time which perhaps William had less. On certain players, I make sure to insist, because it can be confidence or small blockages that can change. Some people don't have this problem, others take a little while. William has had reduced playing time, so çthat doesn't go in the direction of having great peace of mind."

William Saliba started playing football very early in his hometown club, AS Bondy, the club where coaches Wilfried Mbapp, father of Kylian Mbapp. If at the beginning, he played as an attacker before becoming a midfielder, the young footballer converted to a central defender upon his arrival ;e à 14 years at FC Montfermeil. Two seasons later, he joined AS Saint-Etienne where he played. he completed his training before signing his first professional contract with the Greens on May 30, 2018. 

After having revealed himself, to the general public with Saint-Etienne, he signed on July 25, 2019 with Arsenal against compensation. of 29 million euros and at the same time becomes the best sale in the history of the Saint-Etienne club. goal adventure with the Gunners turns into a nightmare – William Saliba plays very little with the first team -, he is finally ready & oacute; à OGC Nice on January 4, 2021. Back in England, he is ready to play again. without purchase option & Olympique de Marseille during the 2021-2022 season, a season where he will become one of the pillars of the Marseille team. Returned in England, it took on a new dimension. Since the start of the 2022-2023 season, Mikel Arteta has made the native of Bondy one of his executives in his starting eleven. of the young selections of the French team, William Saliba is called up to play for the first time on March 21, 2022 by Didier Deschamps at the A.  

  • Age: 21 years
  • Position: defender
  • Current club: Arsenal
  • Salary: 2.8 million euros per year


  • Best prospect in Ligue 1 for the 2021-2022 season
  • Member of the typical team for the 2021-2022 Ligue 1 season
  • Vice-champion of France in Ligue 1 2021-2022 with OM
  • 2022 world vice-champion with the French team

The story between William Saliba and the France team is recent. Before being called by Didier Deschamps, he carriedé the tricolor jersey with the -16, -17, -18, -19, -20 years and the Espoirs. The central defender was involved in the game. his very first selection for the France A team in March 2022 while he was still a player for Olympique de Marseille. It's precisely at the Vélodrome, opposite the Ivory Coast, which William Saliba played his first minutes, between in play &agrav; the 59th.

Summoned For the 2022 World Cup, the Arsenal player now has several selections with the France team, but does not have one enormous experience and very important defensive performance as he currently has with his club Arsenal in England for a year.

Of Cameroonian origin through his mother, William Saliba could have played with the Indomitable Lions, but preferred to play with the Indomitable Lions. play with the France team. Often coveted by the Cameroonian Football Federation, the former defender of Olympique de Marseille has closed the game. this chapter when Didier Deschamps called him in March 2022, even if he keeps an attachment.

"Cameroon is also my country. But I was born in France, it’s definitely my preference. Cameroon is my second country. But it's not my priority, confided' William Saliba in an extract from the show Le Vestiaire, published by RMC Sport, a few months ago. As a reminder, Saliba still representsé France in six teams, from under-16s to under-21s, never with Cameroon.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116