Ian Wright believes Arsenal young star is going to be ‘unbelievable’ after watching his performance against Leicester City.
The Arsenal legend was talking on his Wrighty’s House podcast, and highlighted just how good he thinks the 21-year-old defender could be for the Gunners. “You watch the way Saliba plays, he looks like he’s in total control of every single thing he’s surveying.
“One of the most wonderful things I’ve seen for a long time at a football stadium, I saw in that game.
“When he scored the own goal, the reaction of the fans and the ovation every time he touched the ball, for a couple of times afterwards, was the kind of thing when I’m playing I’m thinking ‘wow, yeah, I’m loving this’, he did not put a foot wrong in that game.
“His positional play, his tackling, his passing out of the back, you’re thinking to yourself, you want to see him up against Haaland, because that’s a whole different type of test.
“Looking at him now, and without going over the top, you’re looking at a centre-half who has every single attribute to go on to be unbelievable, and will go on to do brilliant things.
“You can see why in such a short space of time he’s gone on to make the national team squad, because of the composure passing out the back, the timing of the tackles, for a 21-year-old”
Wright believes Saliba is going to be unbelievable
There are very few players who can score an own goal on their second ever Premier League appearance and still be as widely praised as Saliba has been.
The rallying of the Arsenal crowd around the young centre-back after the own goal shows how much faith the fans have in Saliba,
Saliba hasn’t had an easy start to his Arsenal career, as it took him three years to finally make his league debut.
There was a point when Arsenal believed the transfer would never work out, but the early signs suggest Saliba has a very bright future at the Emirates.
His exceptional form has forced Mikel Arteta to play Ben White at right-back, leaving Takehiro Tomiyasu and Cedric Soares to start on the bench, although the former has just recovered from an injury.
It will be interesting to see what he believes his strongest back line is once everyone is fully fit, but it’s hard to see Saliba being dropped right now.
Ian Wright isn’t the only pundit who thinks the young Frenchman is unbelievable, with Gary Neville also similarly impressed by the defender, and a former Spurs player apologising after already writing him off.