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Mikel Arteta reveals William Saliba didn’t practice for 10 days earlier than starring in Arsenal’s victory over Brentford

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Mikel Arteta hailed ‘excellent’ William Saliba after Arsenal’s win (Image: BBC)

Mikel Arteta has revealed William Saliba didn’t practice for 10 days earlier than starring in Arsenal’s Premier League victory over Brentford.

The Gunners returned to the highest of the Premier League desk with an emphatic 3-0 win over Thomas Frank’s Bees on Sunday.

Saliba, who made his debut in Arsenal’s opening-day win at Crystal Palace, opened the scoring with a header from Bukayo Saka’s cross.

Gabriel Jesus doubled Arsenal’s lead together with his fourth objective of the season, earlier than Fabio Vieira capped a formidable show by marking his first league begin with an outstanding long-range strike.

Arteta was ‘actually happy’ to see his facet return to successful methods following a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United final day out, and hailed Saliba for his ‘excellent’ contribution.

‘He was excellent. He hasn’t skilled for 10 days as a result of he had some discomfort, however he is available in and competes like that,’ Arteta stated.

‘Not solely the objective and his defending however he does the ugly a part of the sport that folks gained’t recognise. He deserves credit score.’

William Saliba scored and helped Arsenal maintain a clear sheet (Image: Getty)

Reflecting on Arsenal’s win as an entire, Arteta stated: ‘I’m actually happy. It’s by no means simple to come back right here and win however we dominated the sport.

‘I stated earlier than the sport that the sport we had right here final season was a nasty day. it was a constructing character day. A staff has to evolve and take the lesson and transfer ahead.

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‘In numerous moments we all the time stick collectively. We had 12 first staff gamers in coaching yesterday however I don’t wish to use excuses. However you noticed at present we had some youngsters.’

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Arsenal suffered a demoralising 2-0 defeat on this corresponding fixture final season however outclassed Brentford this time round to make sure they are going to be prime of the Premier League after the worldwide break.

The state of the sport even allowed Arteta to convey on 15-year-old academy star Ethan Nwaneri, who grew to become the youngest Premier League participant in historical past.

‘It’s nice and he deserves it,’ Arteta stated. ‘He has been doing nice. He’s such an enormous expertise we wish to maintain with us.

Fabio Vieira scored a shocking objective on his full Arsenal debut (Image: Getty)

‘It’s one other step, one other expertise for him. In your profession all of the steps should not going to be ahead.

‘After that, perhaps he wants three backwards to go one other one ahead, however as properly I feel it sends a very sturdy message about who we’re a as a membership.’

Arsenal now have 13 days off earlier than their subsequent Premier League fixture, a north London derby towards Tottenham on the Emirates Stadium.


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