William Saliba started once again for Arsenal’s Under-23s side on Friday night – and some of the club’s fans on Twitter were raving about his individual performance.
The Gunners youth team secured a 3-1 victory against Derby County in the Premier League 2 fixture, as they scored two quick-fire goals in the second-half to clinch three points.
There was a fair amount of experience in the backline for the North London club with Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari, plus there was also a spot for teenager Saliba.
Saliba is a ball-playing centre-back that cruised through Friday night’s game for the most part and he showed his quality in possession with a driving run forward, which was in the build up to one of his team’s goals.
The 19-year-old was tipped by many to compete for a spot this season with the first-team, but he’s been miles off that and is having to earn his stripes at youth level.
A selection of Arsenal supporters on social media were impressed by Saliba’s latest performance for the Under-23s side and are convinced that he should be in contention for first-team action at the Emirates Stadium.
Despite the fact he impressed in French football with Saint-Etienne last year, senior boss Mikel Arteta is yet to give him his debut for Arsenal and he’s far down the centre-half pecking order.
Here are some Gunners fans discussing Saliba:
Saliba is so ready I mean, it's not even funny
— PEPEHIVE 🇨🇮🎉 (@kebabsinacStan) November 27, 2020
Saliba is too good for the under 23s. Mari was disappointing. Cirjan and Moller balling
— Fraudulent.com 🇸🇮🦆 (@KroenkeBurner) November 27, 2020
Lovely run saliba
— Falsenandes (@Bumeryoutera) November 27, 2020
william saliba is so good
— Free Reiss Nelson (@niallmccabx) November 27, 2020
Saliba carrying the ball forward >>>>>
— Ore – A(W)FC. (@Ore_TheBoss) November 27, 2020
Saliba is exceptional. Play him, you coward @m8arteta.
— Rohan (@Rohirrim_94) November 27, 2020
Saliba has played very well today
— Arsenal FC Fan (@AFC862) November 27, 2020
That 3rd goal all came from Saliba bringing it out from the back. The kid is quality imo
— Dada (@DsquareUK) November 27, 2020