Mikel Arteta has been left wowed by William Saliba for Arsenal in pre-season and he shared that he has shown ‘huge potential’, as he told Football London.
Arsenal rounded off their pre-season tour of America by thrashing Chelsea 4-0, with Arteta loving how Saliba has ‘adapted’.
For the past two seasons, the 21-year-old has been loaned out by his parent club, with fans crying for him to finally be given that chance to earn senior minutes.
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Despite being purchased in 2019, Saliba is yet to make his senior debut and has even donned a France cap before making that official Arsenal appearance.
It’s a positive pre-season so far for those in north London, as Arteta shared his thoughts on Saliba, who he thinks is ‘already a top player’.
“I am really pleased to see the way he is playing, the way he has adapted to the team, the maturity that he’s shown at 21-years-old, carry on doing it,” said Arteta.
“We will keep developing him, he has a huge potential, he is already a top player and we have to make him even better.
“He looked ready to me (on previously claiming there aren’t many 21-year-old CBs ready to play in the Premier League).”
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SALIBA, WHITE & GABRIEL…
Without a doubt, the trio are the top three centre-backs at the club, it’s just a case of what duo Arteta will push for heading into the new Premier League season.
Someone like White has less defensive capabilities than the other two, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Englishman is the one benched.
It needs to be remembered that both Gabriel and White didn’t start last season – when they lost their opening three games – but from thereafter, they were paired together and were outstanding… for most parts.
Will Arteta break that up? If so, it’s a risk. Arsenal didn’t secure Champions League football for a number of reasons from their lack of depth, their end-of-season capitulation to lack of firepower.
If he feels their defenders were a big reason behind that, then it finally opens the door for Saliba to earn those Arsenal minutes he has been craving for.
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