Voted man of the match on his Premier League debut at Crystal Palace, William Saliba was immediately compared to Rio Ferdinand.
Yes, Mikel Arteta is counting on William Saliba this season. The former Marseillais started on Friday evening for the resumption of the Premier League, with Arsenal, at Crystal Palace. And he even relegated to the right side Ben White, the 50 million euro rookie from last summer.
And from his first match in the English championship, the French defender was impressive. “I think the most important thing for young players is just to play. He has football in him, I was extremely impressed with him. He reminded me of a young Rio Ferdinand, ignited Gary Neville on Sky Sports. “Crystal Palace is a tough away game in the Premier League. They run into you. It’s a big night for him. »
🗣 “Rightly so, I think he was superb tonight.”
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 5, 2022
Another former great English defender, Jamie Carragher was also amazed by the performance of Saliba, whom he named man of the match. “I found it really good. He seems made for this role, he seems like a good player. I think Arsenal fans have been excited about this boy for a while. It seems to be serious. It will definitely bring something. His physical stature alone will surely help them in tough away games. »
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