Mikel Arteta has praised William Saliba as the defender looks set to become part and parcel of the first team this season.
The young Frenchman was impressive in action during the 4-0 win over Chelsea in Orlando last night, and the Arsenal boss was asked specifically about him after the game.
“I am really pleased to see the way he is playing, the way he has adapted to the team, the maturity that he’s shown at 21-years-old, carry on doing it,” he said.
“We will keep developing him, he has a huge potential, he is already a top player and we have to make him even better.”
The decision to send him on loan last season was a contentious one among many Arsenal fans, but Arteta’s messaging re: Saliba has always been consistent – insisting that the move was made with the player’s and Arsenal’s best interest at heart.
An outstanding campaign for Marseille last season saw him break through to the French national side, and he has returned to North London a more experienced, better developed player, and one who is ready to compete with our existing central defensive options.
“He looks ready to me,” said Arteta in reply to a question if Saliba was ready for Premier League action, and he’s a player Arsenal fans will be looking forward to seeing in competitive action as soon as possible.