'Amazing': Some Arsenal fans reckon they've got the new Van Dijk on their books
Arsenal fans have been praising Gunners loanee William Saliba for his latest impressive performance.
The Arsenal defender is currently on loan at Marseille, where he has made five 90-minute appearances in all competitions.
Saliba joined the Gunners from Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2019 for £27million.
Arsenal loaned the 20-year-old back to Saint-Etienne for the remainder of the season, and went on to reach the French Cup final.
He then arrived at the Emirates Stadium last summer to much fanfare, and it was hoped that he’d stake a claim for a first-team place.
However, Mikel Arteta had other ideas, and Saliba has yet to make his Arsenal debut at senior level.
Indeed, the Frenchman went out on loan again at the start of 2021, and enjoyed a successful stint at Nice.
Saliba is now once again impressing – and once again, not for the Gunners.
On Thursday, Marseille played out a 1-1 draw with Lokomotiv Moscow, and the Gunners loanee shone for his current side.
He was involved in the build-up to Marseille’s opening goal from the spot, dominated in the air, and was overall solid at the back and dangerous in attack.
And Arsenal fans were delighted with Saliba’s efforts – as well being as annoyed he’s not playing for them right now:
Saliba and Guendouzi been brilliant so far— Matt (@matt____afc) September 16, 2021
Saliba looking composed as always. The lack of defensive actions just shows how well he avoids dangerous situations (similar to VVD)
Guendouzi offering a real goal threat from midfield as well as his energetic pressing he always shows.
Saliba putting in another solid performance for Marseille I see 👀— AFCRicky®️ (@Afc94Mr) September 16, 2021
Can’t even lie, Guendouzi and Saliba are balling hard tonight. @Afcsammmm you’re having a party, aren’t ya? 😂— AYO (@afc_ayo) September 16, 2021
“Run your agenda” – lmao wrong person. Look through my profile. Saliba would be 2nd only to VVD in PL.— Conte/Galtier + Rangnick/Campos = Remontada (@kylianhaaland) September 16, 2021
I think this game demonstrated that he has the space – go and watch the entire replay it’s online, just has to trust himself more as he’s actually very good on the ball.
I’m watching the Marseille game and I still can’t figure out why we loaned out Saliba— Gerald Nez (@ChiefNez) September 16, 2021
Such a shame#AFC
Saliba and Matteo having a good game for Marseille— Sushil Magar (@pablo_AFC) September 16, 2021
Hopefully Saliba can be integrated into the squad— Jeremy (@ArsenaIanalyst) September 16, 2021
This is not the first time fans have compared Saliba to Van Dijk:
Saliba is such a good defender, same mould as VVD— Gabriel.🇧🇧 (@danielwuzhere91) August 28, 2021
We need to keep him at Arsenal
White is out Stones. Gabriel/Saliba will be our VVd/Maguire.— Solomon Sir-Ayindago Apam (@SirAyindago) August 22, 2021
Watch William Saliba. He is the closest to VVD i have seen and only 20. Currently on loan at Marseille.— melancholic (@kizitoofficial_) July 28, 2021
Exactly. Saliba is more of a VVd(LCB) than a Varane(RCB). He was playing with Fofana back in France. Saliba is now 20 after 3yrs. He’s still young and needs to mature. I don’t think this toxic fanbase will forgive him if he makes the kind mistakes Fofana made last season.— Solomon Sir-Ayindago Apam (@SirAyindago) July 18, 2021
Saliba le VVD francais c’est trop trop reel— 🔖 (@cobnnt) September 11, 2021
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