Arsenal fans in meltdown as William Saliba is pictured at training ground for first time since returning from Marseille

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ARSENAL fans were thrilled to see centre-back William Saliba FINALLY back at the club.

The Gunners signed the 21-year-old French defender for £27million way back in the summer of 2019.

A picture of Saliba was posted on Arsenal's official Twitter account

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A picture of Saliba was posted on Arsenal’s official Twitter accountCredit: TWITTER / ARSENAL
The Gunners' No1 Ramsdale was also back at the training ground

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The Gunners’ No1 Ramsdale was also back at the training groundCredit: TWITTER / ARSENAL
As was talismanic Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka

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As was talismanic Arsenal forward Bukayo SakaCredit: TWITTER / ARSENAL

However, he is yet to make a single competitive appearance for Arsenal.

That is because he immediately returned to Saint-Etienne on loan three years ago, before linking back up with the Gunners again in 2020.

He then joined Nice for the 2020/21 campaign, before being farmed out on another loan to Marseille last season.

He has gathered some valuable experience in that time, playing 36 of Marseille’s 38 Ligue 1 matches during his one-year stint there.

Xhaka was all smilesas he continued his preparations for the new season

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Xhaka was all smilesas he continued his preparations for the new seasonCredit: TWITTER / ARSENAL
Odegaard will be looking to maintain the form he has shown over the past 12 months

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Odegaard will be looking to maintain the form he has shown over the past 12 monthsCredit: TWITTER / ARSENAL
Tomiyasu was another Arsenal player pictured back at the training complex

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Tomiyasu was another Arsenal player pictured back at the training complexCredit: TWITTER / ARSENAL

He was named as the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year and also included in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year.

And the Arsenal faithful are now excited about the prospect of Saliba giving Ben White and Gabriel some competition at the Emirates.

One social media user said: “Welcome Saliba, come perform some crazy magic tackles for us. Can’t wait to see you play👊.”

While another added: “I spy with my little eye the best centre-back in the world.”

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A third said: “It’s about to be a beautiful season for us Arsenal fans! SALIBAAAAA.”

And a fourth carried on the sentiment, saying: “Yes. Can’t wait to see William Saliba in action.”

Arsenal’s pre-season schedule consists of three matches in Australia against Everton, Orlando City and Chelsea.

They then return to England for the Emirates Cup final against Sevilla – their final pre-season game.

Mikel Arteta’s men kick off their Premier League campaign away at Crystal Palace on Friday, August 5.

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