Cesc Fabregas was stunned by William Saliba’s performance in an Arsenal shirt and he expects the youngster to spend the next two decades assembling the club’s defence.
Saliba joined the Gunners in 2019 but has spent recent seasons on loan.
He impressed in Ligue 1 last season to convince Mikel Arteta he can do a job.
The defender is now a mainstay in the Gunners squad and he forced Ben White to play as a right-back.
At 21, Saliba defends like a veteran, and he’s cool personified. This earned him many accolades.
Fabregas watched him show his class in the game against Spurs and praised him for how effortlessly he got the job done.
The midfielder said via The Daily Mail:
“I would like to mention someone who was so good but nobody mentioned him because he made it look so easy – Saliba.
“This boy had been in France for three years and I followed him very closely. I was tipped off three years ago by an Arsenal scout when I was playing at St Etienne for Monaco about this boy they wanted to sign.
“That night he was the best player on the pitch. He could be Arsenal’s centre-back for the next 15-20 years now.
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Saliba has been a star for Arsenal this season and he has proven just how talented he is.
There had been suggestions that he would leave when he couldn’t fit into Arteta’s squad.
Selling it might have been one of the worst mistakes we’ve made, and we’re rewarded for sending it out on loan for further development.