Arsenal are close to the signing of Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba according to  The French defender has caught the eye in his breakthrough season at the club, featuring 17 times in all competitions.

The report alsoclaims that Unai Emery is ready to spend big in the defensive position as he looks to bring in reinforcements in the summer.

The Spanish tactician is worried about the high volume of goals conceded in the Premier League.

Saliba is seen as a player that has the potential to develop into a genuine world-class prospect at the Emirates. The Gunners also sent scouts to watch the 18-year old and were impressed with his performances.

Saliba is valued £25 million which is a lot of money for a player with less than 30 matches in his belt. This huge transfer fee is as a result of the number of clubs interested in the player.

Saliba is considered as one of the new generation defenders in the French League and has been likened to Real Madrid star Raphael Varane

Saliba is comfortable with the ball at his feet and at 6ft 4 excels in aerial battles which fits the type of defender Emery wants.

Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has also weighed in on the defender revealing that he has all it takes to become a good player.

Arsenal due to their financial constraints is looking for bargain signs. Meanwhile, former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue has been speaking out about mental health.  The defender contemplated suicide some years back due to losing most of his wealth.

However,Eboue appears to have recovered and is spreading the word about the importance of diagnosing mental issues.

It is great news that the Ivorian has fully recovered as he was a great servant for Arsenal during his time at the Emirates.

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