Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Saliba: I waited a long time, I’m so happy

William Saliba picked up the man of the match award on his debut as Arsenal secured a clean sheet on the way to a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Afterwards, the France international spoke to Sky Sports. Here’s what he had to say.

On a hard match…

Yeah, it was hard but we’re happy to win today. We conceded some occasions but we were strong and solid. It was good.

On Arsenal showing fighting spirit…

Yeah, it is like this. It is the first game, we knew it would be hard here so we stayed compact and strong. It’s good for the team.

On finally making his debut…

Yeah, it’s a long time I’ve waited for this moment and I’m so happy to start my first game with a win and a clean sheet.

On the benefit of his loans…

It helped me to spend time on loan in France. I’m young, I need to play. Now I’m back, I hope we’ll make a good season.

On whether he found it easy slotting in…

No, it’s never easy. We have to give the maximum of ourselves. It was good.

On making a winning start…

It’s the first game, it’s important to win for the confidence and to start well the season.

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Scwibble

Guys I can’t even put into words…

It’s like getting a £100m signing out of nowhere.

Kareem Mohamed

Need to renew his contract ASAP!

GoonerJust

Way to go, Billy!

goongot

So this is how shit would have felt when they stumbled on to kane. What a player this guy is !

truj

LANS?

Fledz

Literally the definition of LANS

BANNZ

Please help me what is LANS full definition and meaning maybe with some context please thanks

Andy

Like A New Signing. Arsene said it every time a player came back from injury.

Tierneys Tescobag

William, I just want to say… I FUCKING love you!❤️

Andy

He was superb. I hope he keeps his feet on the ground.

Ozzie

Did he say all that in English?? If so, he’s had alot of lessons since last summer, which means he was serious about coming back to arsenal.

Badaab

emulating pep with the “so happy” is a surefire way to make arteta pick you

Gunnersaurus 's brother

What a performance from big Willy! So composed in critical moments and looks like he’s been playing in the Premier League for 6 years. The greatest LANS ever.

adrian

Even we have been waiting for you. Great performance. Calmness he has is insane. Will be one of the best def this season.

Cranky Colin

It’s 10 when it’s time for player ratings….. just 10.

Pst. Simon

This guy

JBF

Did he get the official MOM award?

Alex

He did

JBF

Why didn’t that baw bag from Sky present it to him then?

laudgunner

Take a bow Saliba. Outstanding performance.

DefaultGray

Instantly warmed to him in that interview, those little smiles when he was told how well he’d done. That’s a lad who’s proud of his shift, and rightly so! Terrific stuff!

Mentalista

Impressive once again.

Apparently he won 70% of the duels, but I can’t remember him losing a single one. I can’t remember he putting a single foot wrong in an Arsenal shirt, for that matter. And he makes it look so easy as he’s not even trying.

Sign da ting!

Goontang

I’ve read it was 100% of duals

Der32

Rolls Royce defender. Everything you could ask for from a defender and more. At his age, he can only improve.

Lord Bendnter

Shout out to White as well, Zaha is one of the toughest wingers to play against in the Premier League

BillyKrystal

White was superb. And that yellow card was a thing of beauty, professional foul to the t

Bleeding gums murphy

I thought white gave the ball away way too much tonight. One of our poorer players

Luckylee

U obviously didn’t watch white…he was immense alongside zinchenko on d other side.. zinchenko did gas out while white played against zaha n was able to stand him says alot.. hats off to him

flash

before the match ben knows that he has probably just lost his CB spot. I think it was a massive (and so far underrated) performance from him today. handled Zaha so well. tomi needs to fight his way back into this team now and that’s fantastic

ALBangbang

Man of the match in his first PL game, says it all. Even the pundits couldn’t contain their excitement over him.

xjert02

You mean “pundits”, right?

BillyKrystal

MOTM

JuiceJ

Congratulation Saliba on your debut, we have waited for too long too. But we are glad you are here now, polished, Well done. Lots is expected from you and this team this season. Congrats on the clean sheet and on the win too. COYG!.

Leon

I wonder what Jamie o’hara is thinking now.
Has anyone ever heard of him before he became a “pundit” ?

ManCGooner

Yeah…ive heard of him…
He used to play for some sh!t team…but Sp*rs fans deny it was them.😂

The Beast

Saw him at champions hill against dulwich hamlet some years ago in non-league.

Which, to be fair, is some achievement given the club he started out at.

Vieraera

HE. IS. IMMENSE.

truj

S. A. L. I. B. A.

Giuseppe Hovno

B.I.L.L.Y

Homer

Big Bad Bill.

Xanat

just accidently looked comments after last Spu*s game and one was “Well have Saliba next season, hopefully“. 😀

Qwaliteee

Majestic.

He had a crying Zaha in his back pocket all night – which, to be honest, was fucking hilarious to behold.

Well done Willy!! 😊

Gentle

Oh my word, very direct with his answers ☺️ welcome home boy😍

Bobby's Beard

Saliba is the greatest defender of all time. That is all.

Qwaliteee

Franz Beckenbauer. 😉

YaGunnersYa

How many Ballon D’ors do we think he will end up winning??

daniel twist

Great job young man, well deserved motm. Looking forward to seeing many more dominant performances from him in the future.

SpudGun_68

He was massive. What a start to the season and his Arsenal career.

Teryima Adi

Wow. The lad had a great game. Congrats, Saliba.👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

Bryan

SIR-liba welcome sir!

ImarnuelAFC

Very top, good sensation 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

Steve Jobs

BIG WILLY

Joe

Arteta should teach his boys how to take place, how to hold the ball, how to share and pass the ball, in fact Arsenal lost Palace at self qualities.

Arsepedant

You’re drunk.

chepetin

I’ll have what he’s having

Martin

He’s our VVD, he’s instantly elevated our defence to another level. I’m so excited to see how he does this season.

Adebisi Nurudeen

Fantastic display from Saliba and thumbs up to a winning start COYG.

David Seaman's Tash

RUTHLESS

Granit(e) hard!

Over the moon, what a performance, for a centre half, which makes it more impressive because they mature at an older age…this guy is the real deal guys.COYG

Abdullahi Ibrahim

What a great player, Saliba is going to become one of the best diffenders in the world. l wish him good luck.

Rufusstan

He could also become one of the best defenders in the world 🙂 . Sorry

Lloyd L Samuels

3 points is all that is needed from the first game. A better start to the season than we had last year and we can’t ask for more than two goals and a clean sheet. Top of the league, so let’s keep it up. COYG!

ADIAT BABATUNDE

Salliba is back kuods to u guys

Bill Hall

That was some fucking debut in an Arsenal shirt!

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