Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reacts to Van Dijk comparison for William Saliba

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reacts to Van Dijk comparison for William Saliba

The Gunners have reaped significant benefits from having Saliba back on their books for the 2022-23 season, with the 21-year-old centre-half developing as a player and as a person during three loan spells away from Emirates Stadium.

He is now a key component at the heart of Arteta’s defensive unit, with a string of impressive performances leading some to believe he has surpassed Liverpool superstar Virgil van Dijk in terms of talent.

When asked if such an immense billing is deserved and whether Saliba can go on to emulate the accomplishments of a Premier League title-winning Dutchman, Arteta said: “Wow, that’s a really big question. I am really happy with where he is at the moment. He is Saliba, he’s no-one else and he needs to make his own career.”

Asked what he feels Saliba is doing well, Arteta added: “The way he has established himself. The composure and leadership he has shown on the pitch. And then that he has done it in a really natural way without any flashing lights, just being himself. He’s very quiet and at the same time very confident.”

Arsenal have kept three clean sheets in their first eight league games, putting them a point ahead of Manchester City at the top of the table.

He has also scored twice to demonstrate that he is a threat in the opposition box.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reacts to Van Dijk comparison for William Saliba

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