Arsenal player earns comparison with top Premier League star

William Saliba has seen himself compared to Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk recently.

Van Dijk has been one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League over the last several years, winning every major trophy with Liverpool barring the Europa League.

And despite his limited minutes, former Arsenal forward Kevin Campbell is seemingly a huge fan of defender Saliba, comparing him to Virgil van Dijk in a recent interview.

Speaking to Football Insider, Campbell said: “If Virgil van Dijk is a Rolls Royce, Saliba is a Bentley.

“He is never flustered, and his passing is a lot better than a lot of people give him credit for. He is smart, quick, strong, physical, powerful and does not make mistakes.

“I think he needed that extra year at Marseille, if I am honest. I think that has really helped his confidence.

“Now when you see him play at Arsenal, and I know it is pre-season, he looks mature.”

Saliba, despite signing for the club in 2019, is yet to make a competitive appearance for Arsenal.

Instead, the stopper has been loaned out on three occasions, with his latest loan seeing him plie his trade in France with Marseille.

And though he lacks some experience, Saliba is was a key cog in Marseille’s backline, who boasted one of the best defensive records in Ligue 1 last term.

This has led to interest from Marseille in signing Saliba on a permanent basis this summer.

However, the Frenchman has since returned to north London and has been playing on a regular basis for Mikel Arteta’s side in pre-season.

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Josh Barker

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