Arsenal: first match and first recital for Saliba

Returning from a Russian loan to Olympique de Marseille, William Saliba played his first match with Arsenal against Crystal Palace (0-2) on Friday in the Premier League. Course result? 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 is expected. 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.

Judged too tender by Mikel Arteta, the French central defender and the passer by two loans 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 sparkled. In his particular style, he showed a natural authority to dye opposing attackers without really forcing. Even better, the ex-Green gave the impression of being the true leader of the Gunners’ rearguard, consistently catching up on small mistakes from Ben White and Gabriel.

You just have to focus on your roadmap to realize the level displayed at Selhurst Park: 100% of aerial duels won, 94.1% of Russian 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 win his first honorary title of man of the match.

Saliba versus Ferdinand

His trainer did not fail to underline his fine performance. He has now proven he is ready. You don’t really see someone 21 in the Premier League against physical opponents, with that composure, composure and presence congratulated the Spanish manager at the end of the game.

The old 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 a trans Gary Neville. He is very good and did honor to his role , an addition by Jamie Carragher. Good news for Arsenal… and the France team.

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