“Remind me of a young Rio Ferdinand”: William Saliba seduces the Kingdom for the first time with Arsenal

There were a few rookies out on the grass Friday night on the Arsenal side. And not least since Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko started. But the one who made an impression is an “old” from home. And that won’t necessarily satisfy Marseille, who was dreaming of getting it back again this summer. On Friday evening, to open the season in the Premier League, William Saliba blew up the screen during Arsenal’s victory over Crystal Palace (2-0). “It was greatJamie Carragher, the former Liverpool defender, was greeted on Sky Sports’ microphone.

Elected as the player of the match by Sky, Marseille deceived the kingdom in his first spell with Arsenal, signing in 2019 before loaning him to Saint-Etienne, Nice and then to OM in recent seasons. Solid in duels and the author of a remarkable tackle on the surface, the Bundy native brought precious calm to the London defence. While Ben White was positioned in the right lane to make room for him in the middle, the France international was regularly helping his teammate when he ran into difficulties against Wilfried Zaha, to sign a clean match. Very clean, even. Almost a party.

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To say he beat everyone is an understatement. “He has football in him. I liked‘, Gary Neville, the Manchester United legend, slipped on the Sky group.Reminds me of a young Rio Ferdinand. It will become stronger. He is still a young central player at the age of 21. (…) It’s a big night for him, he signs such a performance in his prime“.”Even before you see him playing, when you see him running in the warm-up, you think he looks like a good player.Carragher continued.The way he managed this second half, assisting Ben White several times in the penalty area, shows that he made for the role… he was very good.. “

For the first time with Arsenal, William Saliba did not miss his mission. He did not hide his happiness at the end of the meeting. “I’ve waited so long. I am happy to start my first match with a win and without goals“Taste the former green in the sky microphone.”He helped me spend the last few years on loan in France because I needed to play. Now I’m back and I hope we can sign a good season“.

An outing will not please everyone. Especially the fans of Pablo Longoria and Marseille. Le boss de l’OM, ​​qui avait déjà été refroidi par le discours de Mikel Arteta ces derniers jours, espérait saisir l’opportunité si elle se présentait pour mettre à nouveau la main sur le meilleur espoir de la sa Ligue 2021-2021 this summer. But on the banks of the Thames, the tide has turned. And it seems that Saliba’s story at Arsenal finally began on Friday.

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