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Emmanuel Petit praises Arsenal defender William Saliba
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Emmanuel Petit praises Arsenal defender William Saliba

Emmanuel Petit has raved about Arsenal star William Saliba for the way he has established himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League this season.

The young Frenchman joined the Gunners for £27 million back in 2019 (Goal). He has been absolutely sensational so far this season and is one of the biggest reasons why Arsenal are on top of the Premier League table.

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Emmanuel Petit praises Arsenal defender William Saliba

Even though Arsenal signed Saliba over three years ago, it was only on the opening day of this season that he made his competitive debut for the club.

The youngster spent three loan spells away from the Gunners before this season. Mikel Arteta wasn’t convinced that he was ready for the Premier League, and his time at Nice and especially Marseille seems to have benefitted him massively.

Petit believes Saliba wanted to get some ‘revenge’ on Arteta this season. He wanted to prove the Arsenal boss wrong, and well, he seems to be doing that brilliantly.

The French World Cup winner told 90min France: “He confirms all the good things we saw from him last season with Marseille. He showed great maturity. Three years after signing for Arsenal, I think he came back with a sense of revenge too, he wanted to prove something to everyone, especially Arteta.

“And I think he plays very well. He is like a rock. I like his reading of threats. You know, behind the defence is also very good with the ball fight. And he plays confidently and technically too. He has no problem playing the first balls and starting from the back.

“(I’m) impressed, yes. Because he had to confirm all the good things we saw from him last season with Marseille and, with all due respect to Marseille, Arsenal is a more important cap. So he does the same things and he plays very well.

“I think he is becoming a rock in this defence. In fact, he is one of the best defenders in England, that’s for sure. And for me, he represents the future of Arsenal and the France team.”

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Saliba really has been sensational for Arsenal this season.

The Frenchman, still only 21, has been playing like he’s been around for years. He’s so composed on the ball, brilliant at reading the game, and many people will agree that he has been the best defender in the entire Premier League this season.

Many, including Petit, have questioned Arteta’s decision to loan him out in the past. The Arsenal boss’ call has been proved right, and the Gunners are reaping the rewards of all the experience Saliba picked up in France.

The youngster is in the France squad for the World Cup, and it will be interesting to see if he’ll start next to Raphael Varane at the back.

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