Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Sporting ExcitementSporting Excitement

Premier League

Gary Neville calls William Saliba a ‘young Rio Ferdinand’ as Jamie Carragher praises ‘real deal’ Arsenal debutant

, Gary Neville calls William Saliba a ‘young Rio Ferdinand’ as Jamie Carragher praises ‘real deal’ Arsenal debutant

WILLIAM SALIBA has been likened to Rio Ferdinand after his belated Arsenal debut.

The 21-year-old, who joined from Saint-Etienne in 2019, was man of the match as the Gunners opened their campaign with a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.

Arsenal defender William Saliba starred in the 2-0 win away at Crystal Palace

Saliba was the standout performer at Selhurst Park on his Gunners debut

, Gary Neville calls William Saliba a ‘young Rio Ferdinand’ as Jamie Carragher praises ‘real deal’ Arsenal debutant

After three loan spells away from the Emirates, Saliba looked as though he had been performing at the highest level for years.

And his display had Manchester United legend Gary Neville fawning over the French centre-back in Arsenal’s gritty London derby victory.

The Sky Sports pundit: “I was massively impressed by him. He reminded me of a young Rio Ferdinand.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“He’s such a young defender at 21. Getting through that second half, when Arsenal weren’t at their best, would have been the most pleasing thing for Mikel Arteta.”

, Gary Neville calls William Saliba a ‘young Rio Ferdinand’ as Jamie Carragher praises ‘real deal’ Arsenal debutant

His colleague Jamie Carragher, who named Saliba as his man of the match, was equally as effusive in his praise.

He remarked: “It’s not easy for any defender coming here but William Saliba has been excellent, he really has.”

Before adding: “You can argue was it right to put him out [on loan], but a 21-year-old playing centre-back in the Premier League – do you want to be doing that when you’re 19, 20?

“It’s not easy, but he looked the real deal.”

Speaking after the match, Arteta insisted Carragher was correct in naming Saliba the man of the match.

He stated: “Rightly so, I thought he was superb tonight.”

Saliba was delighted at finally making his Arsenal debut, as he said: “I’ve waited a long time for this moment and I’m happy to start my first game with a win and a clean sheet.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“It helped me to spend two years on loan in France because I’m young and I need to play. Now I’m back and I hope we can have a good season.”

On the win, he declared: “It was hard but we are happy to win today. We conceded some chances but we were strong and solid.

“It’s the first game. We knew it would be hard here so we stayed compact and strong, and that’s good for the team. It’s important to win for confidence.”

Advertisement
Advertisement

Latest

Horse Racing

RYAN MOORE says Aikhal (3.00) is a Great ride in the Voltigeur on day one of the Ebor Festival. Moore has six rides and...

Formula 1

LEWIS HAMILTON was seen dancing with Pokot people in Kenya as he continued to love life on his African holiday. The seven-time Formula 1...

Boxing

ANTHONY JOSHUA’s sparring partner Marko Milun is confident the Brit can beat Oleksandr Usyk following an intense training camp. Joshua, 32, lost the WBA,...

Horse Racing

I’VE been lucky to ride some true champions at York’s Ebor Festival — just like my dad. I was six when my father rode...

Boxing

ANTHONY JOSHUA has shared a video of him completing a demanding wrist exercise while training for his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk. The 32-year-old Brit...

Cricket

ENGLAND cricket hero Joe Root is arguably the best Test cricketer in the world right now – but he has caught the love bug...

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook