Returning from a successful loan to Olympique de Marseille, William Saliba played his first match with Arsenal against Crystal Palace (0-2) on Friday in the Premier League. Race results? A first recital for the French central defender.
Saliba already shines with Arsenal.
Everything comes not who knows how to wait. William Saliba (21), he waited. Until consecration. It is not a question of title, individual or collective, but only of an appearance with Arsenal, two years after his arrival from Saint-tienne.
Deemed too tender by Mikel Arteta, the French central defender had to go through two loans to Nice and Olympique de Marseille to get his chance. And it didn’t take more than one outing to convince him.
Man of the match against Crystal Palace
For his baptism of fire in the Premier League against Crystal Palace (0-2), Friday, the tricolor international was sparkling. In his particular style, he showed a natural authority to dye opposing attackers without really forcing. Better still, the ex-Green gave the impression of being the true leader of the Gunners’ rearguard, systematically catching up with the small mistakes of Ben White and Gabriel.
Just look at his roadmap to realize the level displayed Selhurst Park: 100% of aerial duels won, 94.1% of successful passes, 7 balls recovered, 6 interceptions, no dribble suffered and no fault conceded. A very solid performance from a technical point of view and in anticipation against a tough opponent which allowed him to glean his first honorary title of man of the match.
Saliba compared Ferdinand
His trainer did not fail to underline his fine performance. He has now proven that he is ready. You don’t really see a 21-year-old in the Premier League against physical opponents, with that composure, composure and presence. congratulated the Spanish manager at the end of the game.
The former glories of English football have also been conquered by the young defender. I was very impressed with Saliba. He made me think of a young Rio Ferdinand sliced Gary Neville. He was very good and did honor to his role , added Jamie Carragher. Good news for Arsenal… and the French team.
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