William Saliba has been excellent for Marseille this season, which has shown on the world stage following his man of the match performance against PSG.
The Frenchman’s praise was pouring in after he managed to secure a clean sheet against arguably the top three players in world football which contain Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
One of the positive reviews the 21-year-old received came from a former player who has a terrible relationship with Arsenal fans, like Samir Nasri, speaking to Marseille’s official YouTube channel, said: “He has all the qualities to play in the Premier League. He is well built, fast and also a good passer.
“I see no reason why he shouldn’t be in the Arsenal squad.”
Saliba joined Marseille on a loan deal in the summer transfer window after it emerged his playing time would be limited in north London.
Arteta felt he was not yet ready to play in the Premier League and then signed Ben White for £ 50million, which is very similar in quality to the French defender.
However, since his loan in France, he has managed to keep eight sheets clean and has been an outstanding performer for his team.
Arteta’s decision to loan him out was a reckless move considering Arsenal’s center-back.
Pablo Mari and Rob Holding started for the club at the start of the Premier League season and have been a major factor in the club conceding nine goals in three games without the team collecting a single point.
Saliba looked confident in the game against PSG and was not fazed when playing against one of the best strikers in the world at Mbappe.
This was embodied by his last challenge against the French striker late in the game, which ensured a clean sheet for the home side.
At 6’3, Saliba definitely has the height required for a Premier League center-back and he’s got the physique to match.
And that incredible tackle on Mbappe shows he’s got the pace that will suit Arteta’s use of a high line.
Nasri is not liked by the Arsenal fan base, but it’s hard to disagree with his comments about the promising defender.
He will certainly be a regular with the Premier League squad for next season and provide healthy competition for £ 50million Ben White.
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