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William Saliba responds to Arsenal legend Martin Keown after Crystal Palace victory

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William Saliba was awarded Man of the Match on his Arsenal debut (Image: Getty)

William Saliba thanked ‘legend’ Martin Keown after the previous Arsenal ace sung the Frenchman’s praises following his efficiency within the membership’s 2-0 win towards Crystal Palace.

The 21-year-old joined the membership in 2019 however he needed to wait till Friday evening to make his debut for the membership, following mortgage spells with Saint-Etienne, Good and Marseille.

There was a lot confusion over the await Saliba’s debut, with followers baffled as to why the Frenchman hasn’t been utilised underneath Mikel Arteta.

Arteta, for his half, has at all times maintained that – in time – Saliba would show to be an Arsenal common.

He had the prospect to stake his declare on Friday and Saliba took his alternative, with Keown naming the Frenchman the Man of the Match.

‘Saliba – the fella’s been at Arsenal now for 3 years and it’s the primary time we’ve seen him,’ Keown advised TalkSPORT.

‘I feel he ought to take a bow often because he deserved a possibility far before he obtained tonight.

Keown was impressed with Saliba (Image: Getty)

‘If it was me given the selection, I’d go along with Saliba for Man of the Match.

‘I imply they paid £50million for Ben White and Ben White’s having to play right-back as a result of clearly the supervisor’s seen one thing on this participant in pre-season, and why not?

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‘I feel truly it’s paid off and now we do have actual competitors in that central defensive place.’

It was a efficiency value ready for from Saliba and the Frenchman was buoyed to listen to Keown’s reward of him after the match.

Instructed about Keown’s reward on TalkSPORT, Saliba responded: ‘Thanks to the legend!

‘Typically we don’t have considering time, now we have to react, so I take pleasure in tackles and I made an enormous one…

‘We knew it could be a troublesome recreation however we stayed sturdy and focussed till the top.

‘We defend collectively and we conceded some events. We nonetheless completed with the [clean] sheet.’


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