Liverpool central defender Virgil van Dijk was clearly impressed with what he noticed from Arsenal teenager William Saliba on Friday night time – that is if his Instagram exercise is something to go by.
The Netherlands international rapidly adopted Saliba on the social media platform after the Frenchman put in a faultless show away at Crystal Palace on what was his Premier League debut. Three years after he first put pen to paper on a deal within the crimson half of north London, Arsenal followers lastly acquired a glimpse of Saliba’s expertise and he didn’t disappoint.
At simply 21 years of age, the centre-back was not phased by the cauldron of noise that Selhurst Park may be and displayed the type of composure on and off the ball that defied his years. One other Liverpool legend in Jamie Carragher chosen Saliba as his man of the match throughout Arsenal’s hard-fought 2-0 win.
Come full-time with the clear sheet secured, the Arsenal defender admitted he was overjoyed to have lastly performed for the Gunners in a aggressive conflict. Saliba advised Sky Sports activities: “It has been a very long time I’ve waited for this second, I am so completely happy to begin my first sport with a win and a clear sheet.
“It is by no means simple, you must give your most and it was good. It is the primary sport, it is vital to win for the boldness and to begin the season effectively.” The Gunners’ dealing with of Saliba has led them to return in for some criticism at occasions over the previous couple of years.
Since first becoming a member of Arsenal whereas they nonetheless had Unai Emery on the helm, Saliba has endured three separate mortgage spells – all of which have come again in his dwelling nation of France. The latest noticed him don the Marseille shirt and he even managed to win the Ligue 1 Younger Participant of the 12 months award within the course of.
Whereas all of the mortgage strikes have sparked backlash at occasions, the person himself has really praised the way in which the Gunners have helped his improvement. “It [the loans] helped me as a result of I am younger, I have to play. Now I am again, I hope we can have a very good season,” Saliba added.
Arteta was in equally excessive spirits after the sport and took the chance offered along with his post-match media duties to heap reward on Saliba.
“You do not actually see that at 21 years outdated, a debut within the Premier League in opposition to this opponent, these bodily gamers and resolve the state of affairs the way in which he’s achieved it with that composure, with that calmness and with that presence. Massive credit score to the boy,” the Spaniard claimed.