Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes future defender William Saliba will deal with the pressure. And all the expectations that arise. After showing excellent form until being watched in the opening game of the Premier League.
Saliba the 21 year old has made his debut for the Gunners after a long wait. In the game that beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Friday past.
He initially moved from Saint-Etienne to the Emirates in 2019. Where he was loaned back to his former club. Before going to play on loan with Nice and Marseille UFABET.
It was with Marseille last season that he improve so much. That he move on to the senior France national team. He was also named Ligue 1 Player of the Year and was include in the French League Team of the Year.
His impressive debut for Arsenal saw Sky Sports guru Gary Neville pian Saliba and Rio Ferdinand as a youngster. While others Likened his performance at Palace to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.
Such praise may seem fast. And harsh for Saliba, but Arteta feels the centre-back will not be affected by the growing expectations.
“I think he’s down to earth. That won’t be a problem,” Arteta said.
“Of course we discussed the expectations he had built before returning to the club. when he was on loan.”
“He is fully aware of everything that is going on around him. And we try to handle that in a quiet way. And I think it’s better to do this for him. because he is just 21 years old and he has played one Premier League game.