07 Feb 2022 | 04:15
Arsenal are in need of more quality selections in defense, and they are really forgetting a perfect piece.
Since arriving at Arsenal , coach Mikel Arteta has made great efforts in reforming the home team’s defence. After only 2 years at the Emirates, the Spanish strategist has strongly purged a series of names, including the old generals who have passed their peak such as David Luiz, Sokratis Papastathopoulos or Shkodran Mustafi.
In addition, faces who are having a hard time finding their form like Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac, Calum Chambers or Pablo Mari are also forced to find different destinations under the reign of coach Mikel Arteta.
Along with personnel purification, the Gunner’s captain is also very active in “changing blood” when bringing in young, potential growth factors such as Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes or Nuno Tavares.
However, in the hands of coach Arteta, there is still a really powerful “card”, who can become the perfect piece for the reinforcement of the line of the Spanish strategist.
The name mentioned is not strange, it is the promising young midfielder of French football, William Saliba . Originally a contract brought in under coach Unai Emery, however, Saliba did not have many opportunities for himself at Emirates Stadium when he was constantly loaned to Ligue 1 teams such as Saint-Etienne, Nice or Marseille.
However, over time, the French midfielder has shown more progress and asserted himself as one of the best “stones” in the current top French league.
This season, he has played 21 matches for Marseille, achieved a pass success rate of up to 93.5%, made an average of 1.8 tackles per game, won disputes 7.1 times every 90 minutes and has never suffered any problems. Any mistake that causes the home team to concede a goal.
In addition to his excellent defensive stats, Saliba was also extremely effective in passing the ball as he made a total of 82.8 passes per game. For comparison, this number on Arsenal’s central defenders is only 52.8 (Ben White), 57.5 (Gabriel) or 52.2 (Rob Holding).
In addition, the French “rock” also possesses a versatile playing style when besides being a pure central defender, he can also play as a full-back or integrate well with a 3-man defense system. Obviously, Saliba is showing good performances in Ligue 1 and in the future when called back, he promises to become the perfect piece for Arsenal’s defense under coach Mikel Arteta.