Ian Wright argues Phil Foden when talking about Arsenal’s Saliba

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright has praised Mikel Arteta’s handling of William Saliba and even compared it to the way Manchester City treated Phil Foden.

The young Frenchman joined the Gunners in 2019 but was immediately loaned out. He returned the following year but Mikel Arteta just wasn’t convinced he was ready for the Premier League.

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After two more loan spells, Saliba returned to Arsenal this summer and has been a revelation. He’s been one of our best players this season, and Wright credited Arteta’s management for the youngster’s good form.

Ian Wright argues Phil Foden when talking about Arsenal’s Saliba

The legendary Englishman said on The Kelly and Wrighty: “Incredible management from a young player, similar to Manchester City with Phil Foden.

“They didn’t really let him out, they just kept him with the players he was training with and obviously he got better. But they let this guy [Saliba] go out a few times, make sure they sign contracts for him and keep him going.

“Even when they let him out last season people were like ‘we should bring him back’. But what happened is they loaned him out, he left and became an international. French, playing with incredible players.

“He came back and he had three games, and yes, we expect him to have a good rhythm and to have a conscience and a great composure. But he came back almost the article finished at 21 years old.

“It’s very early days, but everything you see from him, the signs so far have been really perfect, so you just hope it can continue.”

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The insider’s perspective:

Arteta really deserves huge credit for the way he handled Saliba.

Almost all the fans were against the Arsenal boss’s decision to loan him out last year. Some fans even wanted Arteta to give the youngster no chance, but the Spaniard was absolutely right to do what he did, and we’re reaping the rewards now.

Apart from the unlucky own goal against Leicester, Saliba was faultless. His defense has been top class, the composure he has shown in possession is on another level, and to top it off he showed last weekend that he can score goals with his foot too. weak.

Saliba has been amazing so far and we look forward to seeing more of him in the weeks to come.

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