'He was so good': Fabregas wowed by one Arsenal player v Spurs, 'nobody really spoke about' him
The former Gunners midfielder spoke to BT Sport (1/10/22, 14:30) about the talented young defender.
Saliba has enjoyed a sensational breakthrough for Arsenal, helping his side stay top after eight games.
The 21-year-old was near-flawless against Tottenham and kept Harry Kane at bay for most of the game.
‘A sublime display from the 21-year-old who had one of the best strikers in world football in his back pocket,’ wrote football.london.
‘Supreme composure was shown throughout exemplified by his dribbling out from the edge of the box despite being under extreme pressure in the first half. Such an exciting player.’
‘Made it look so easy’
Fabregas, speaking on BT Sport, admitted that he had been watching Saliba closely for the past few years.
And he feels the Frenchman could go on to dominate for Arsenal for the next 15 years or more.
“It was a fantastic complete performance,” Fabregas said of Arsenal’s display.
“I would like to mention one special name that nobody really spoke about. He was so good and he made it look so easy.
“William Saliba. This boy has been in France for the last three years on loan and I’ve been watching closely because an ex-Arsenal scout asked me three years ago to look at him because he wanted to sign him.
“At 18, 19, he was the best player on the pitch. That shows the potential of this guy.
“And he makes it look so easy. He could potentially be Arsenal’s centre-back for the next 15, 20 years.”
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Arteta received fierce criticism for holding back on Saliba so long.
The youngster took in two additional loan spells – beyond his Saint-Etienne stint – while on Arsenal’s books.
But Arteta knew what he was doing, letting Saliba hone his skills in a slightly lower-pressure environment than the Premier League.
And in France, Saliba went from a promising prospect to a star in the making over the past three years.
Now, you won’t find many fans criticising the Arsenal boss for his approach towards Saliba.
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