Comment Saliba will be part of Arsenal’s first-team squad for the 2020/21 campaign (Picture: Getty)‘I know the player. He has the right mentality, the right attitude, the right physique. But he needs to fit in and that’s something nobody knows until the moment he lands in that dressing room.’Arteta expects French-speaking David Luiz to play a big role in helping Saliba settle in, adding: ‘I’m sure about how he is going to treat him, how he is going to look after him, how he is going to guide him.‘The young players need stable players around them with experience who have lots of leadership. The way David supports them is very important to us.’MORE: Folarin Balogun appears to confirm Arsenal exit on Instagram after failing to agree new contractMORE: Mikel Arteta puts Arsenal defenders up for sale along with Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas TorreiraFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal spent £27m on Saliba and loaned him back to Saint-Etienne (Picture: Getty)It does not make for an ideal start to his career at Arsenal, though Arteta is in no doubt that he has all the ingredients required to be a big hit – as long as fans are patient as he adapts to the step up in quality and intensity.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I am excited to work with him but I am worried about the expectations because I know how difficult it is to play as a central defender in this country,’ Arteta told Sky Sports.‘It is one of the most complicated positions here. The step is really, really big.‘William had a really positive season last year, but he has had a really difficult one this year with injuries.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘We know where the potential is, but to fulfil that potential every three days at the highest level is a different task. So, tranquilo [relax].‘He is, in my opinion, in phase one or two of his development. He has a lot of things to learn but hopefully, we can give him the right environment to make that process very quick. The 19-year-old centre-back will join the first-team squad this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he is excited to start working with William Saliba, though has moved quickly to temper fans’ expectations and believes he will need time to develop.The 19-year-old enjoyed a strong campaign back on loan at Saint-Etienne after signing with the Gunners last summer, making the French Cup final – though he will be unable to play in the match after Arsenal did not agree to extend his loan.Saint-Etienne were unwilling to follow a specialised training plan for Saliba requested by the north London club, and the youngster was left hugely disappointed with Arsenal’s decision. ‘The step is really, really big’ – Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reveals William Saliba worry and plays down expectations Metro Sport ReporterFriday 3 Jul 2020 3:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link914Shares
He told the Reds’ website: “I’m very happy to be here. I came here to win trophies. I came here to reach some great goals with the team.“I think it was the right club for me because I had a good chat with the manager and I wanted to be part of his project.”Liverpool struggled for goals last season following the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and prolonged injury absences for England international Daniel Sturridge as they finished fifth in the Premier League.Signings Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert produced three league goals and, after acknowledging the lack of scoring last season, manager Brendan Rodgers has added Benteke to revive the Reds’ attack.Liverpool has also signed forwards Danny Ings from Burnley and Brazil international Roberto Firminio from Hoffenheim, while Benteke’s international team-mate Divock Origi has returned to the club after spending last season on loan at Lille.Benteke missed the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil with an Achilles tendon injury but returned to action last October and scored 15 times to help Villa stay in the Premier League and reach the FA Cup final.Former Villa manager Paul Lambert, who brought Benteke into English football, believes he will do well at Anfield.Lambert told BBC Sport: “He’s a brilliant number nine. He won’t need just crosses to come into the box. If he gets the service he’ll get goals.“That’s the type of guy he is and on his game he’s a handful. I’m delighted for him. He’s earned that move and if he can do what I think he can do, he’ll do great for them.“He’s going to have to handle the expectancy level of winning [at Liverpool]. When you speak to Christian, he has a great belief in himself to do well.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool has completed the signing of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke for £32.5m.Benteke, 24, has agreed a long-term contract at Anfield and becomes the club’s second most expensive signing ever.The Reds triggered a release clause in his contract to make him their seventh summer signing after selling Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49m.Belgium international Benteke scored 49 goals in 101 games for Villa after signing from Genk for £7m in 2012.
Donegal County Council will today welcome the Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh back to County Donegal with a reception in the Letterkenny Public Services Centre.Speaking before his visit Chief Executive of Donegal County Council Seamus Neely said he was delighted to be welcoming Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh back to County Donegal.“I know that Mayor Walsh has been a great supporter and champion of County Donegal in Massachusetts and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all his support and assistance and we look forward to continuing to build strong linkages and connections with Boston and the State of Massachusetts”. He added “Boston holds a special place in the hearts of many Donegal people and has been home from home for generations of Irish people. It is a great honour to be welcoming the Mayor of Boston to Donegal today”.This is Mayor Walsh’s first trip back to Ireland since his election as Mayor of Boston.Mayor Walsh is on a ten-day Irish trip which takes in several days in his parent’s Connemara home area as well as visiting Dublin, Donegal, Derry, Knock, Galway City and Belfast.Mayor Walsh, who has dual US and Irish citizenship and grew up in a household in Boston where Irish was spoken on a daily basis, has been travelling back to Ireland for a number of years but this is his first visit since being elected Mayor last November. Following the reception Mayor Walsh is scheduled to make a visit to the CoLab & North West Regional Science Park at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. MAYOR OF BOSTON TO VISIT DONEGAL TODAY was last modified: September 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bostondonegalMayor Marty Walshvisit