William Saliba took a while to work his way up at Arsenal, eventually reaching a point where you wondered if he would have to leave to gain playing time permanently.
He showed he could play consistently for a big club at Marseille last season and there was a lot of talk about him getting a chance this season at the Emirates, but the stats from his Premier League debut show he belongs at this level:
William Saliba’s Premier League debut for Arsenal:
100% acquisitions completed
100% aerial duels won
94% pass accuracy
7 ball recoveries
6 passes to the final third
3 duels won
0x passed dribbling
0 goals conceded
0 fouls committed
The wait is worth it. ? pic.twitter.com/xH2Wm0TuQs
— Squawka (@Squawka) August 5, 2022
Talent was never in doubt with the Frenchman, but he came in with very little first-team experience and he is the kind of player who likes to get the ball from behind, so perhaps it made sense that he would make those mistakes elsewhere. before trusting him in the Premier League.
He showed tonight that he can be a complete defender; Of course, he is still young and there will be mistakes and moments that he will have to learn from, but his performance was very encouraging for Arsenal and you have a feeling he could be a player the defense is built around for years to come.