French football expert runs rule over Arsenal’s William Saliba

On-loan Arsenal defender William Saliba possesses the potential to become a top player, but is far from the finished product as of yet, according to Pierre Menes.

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On the back of months of rampant speculation, highly-regarded French stopper Saliba’s move to north London was finally made official last July.

Just hours after the announcement of Dani Ceballos’ arrival on loan from Real Madrid, Arsenal’s deal for Saliba was confirmed across the club’s social media platforms.

The 18-year-old was immediately sent back on loan to Saint-Etienne for the season, though, to build further first-team experience.

Saliba will then join up with his new Arsenal teammates this coming summer.

‘Can improve a lot’

Arsenal’s fans, meanwhile, have since made their excitement clear regarding the potential impact of their soon-to-be stopper on the club’s backline.

The Gunners’ defence has long stood as an area of weakness, with the capital giants having been crying out for a genuine talent of Saliba’s ilk to lead them into a new era.

William Saliba

Montpellier’s French forward Gaitan Laborde (L) vies with Saint-Etienne’s French defender William Saliba (R) during the French L1 football match between Saint-Etienne (ASSE) and Montpellier (MHSC) on May 10, 2019, at the Geoffroy Guichard Stadium in Saint-Etienne, central France. (Photo by JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Saliba, though, may not be the answer to the long-standing prayers of the Arsenal faithful, at least not yet…

As outlined above, French football expert Pierre Menes has today provided an insight into the talents possessed by the teenage stopper.

And, while Saliba’s fellow countryman assured that the Saint-Etienne loanee possesses all of the tools to develop into ‘a big player’, he was also quick to highlight the fact that Saliba (understandably considering his age) remains far from the finished product:

‘He is an interesting player, who has the potential to become a big player,’ Menes told Canal+.

‘Maybe he still lacks a little bit of experience. We saw that with the penalty he gave away in the semi-final of the French Cup.’

‘Maybe he lacks a bit of speed, but he’s very young. He can obviously improve a lot.’

‘In any case, he has good positioning, a good reading of the game and, obviously, a physique that helps him a lot.’

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