Saliba World Cup dream
William Saliba dreams of joining Arsenal’s glittering group of World Cup winning France legends.
The defender wants to follow in the footsteps of Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Patrick Vieira after getting the nod to join the squad for Qatar.
Saliba, 22, had the good news confirmed during the warm up for last night’s (WED) Carabao Cup defeat to Brighton but despite the setback believes his elevation is down to the ‘amazing’ Arsenal team spirit this season.
Saliba, 22, said: “I think the energy is different and the mentality is different. This dressing room this year is amazing, I think we have to keep going like this. To try to win something this year.
“If I am going to the World Cup it shows I have had a good start to the season with Arsenal. I have to keep going like this.
“Some people told me just one hour before, but I waited for the coach (to say I was in the squad). So when the coach told the media I was so happy. It was just before the game. I was so happy.
“When he spoke on the TV we were in the warm-up. So when I came back I watched it a little bit on my phone and I saw my name. I was so happy.
“In France we have a lot of good defenders so that is why I am so happy. If I am in the squad it’s because I had a good start to the season with Arsenal. I am so happy and grateful to be in this squad.”