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Gary Neville compares William Saliba to Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand after very good Arsenal debut

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Gary Neville was impressed by William Saliba’s Arsenal debut (Footage: Sky Sports activities/Getty)

Gary Neville has in contrast William Saliba to Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand after his spectacular Arsenal debut.

Saliba was lastly handed his Gunners debut on Friday evening for the Premier League opener in opposition to Crystal Palace.

Arsenal spent virtually £30m to signal Saliba from Saint-Etienne in 2019 however the French defender went three years with out that includes for the membership.

Saliba was on mortgage at Marseille final season however returned to north London over the summer time and impressed in pre-season to drive his method into Mikel Arteta’s plans.

Making his Arsenal debut in a full of life Selhurst Park could have been a frightening prospect however Saliba impressed to assist the Gunners hold a clear sheet and win 2-0.

Jamie Carragher named Saliba as his Participant of the Match and each he and fellow Sky Sports activities pundit Gary Neville heaped reward on the 21-year-old after the match.

Manchester United legend Neville mentioned: ‘I used to be massively impressed with Saliba. He jogged my memory of a younger Rio Ferdinand truly.

Rio Ferdinand is a Manchester United and England legend (Image: Getty)

‘He’s such a younger defender at 21. Getting by way of that second half, when Arsenal weren’t at their greatest, would have been essentially the most pleasing factor for Mikel Arteta.

‘Crystal Palace away, that’s a troublesome problem and that’s an enormous efficiency from Saliba.’

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Carragher added: ‘I believed he was actually good. He didn’t have a lot to do within the first half however there was one lengthy ball the place he simply got here throughout, the way in which he handled it… he appeared the enterprise, he appeared the half.

‘At such a younger age, the way in which he handled that second half… he appeared the actual deal.

‘Bringing him in definitely provides one thing since you all the time thought that was a weak spot for Arsenal. His physicality will definitely assist Arsenal in these away video games.’

Saliba was delighted to make his long-awaited debut in Arsenal’s opening win and mentioned: ‘We knew it will be onerous right here however we had been robust and strong.

‘I’ve waited a very long time to make my debut and I’m joyful to begin with a clear sheet and a win. It’s essential for confidence.’


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