‘Doesn’t have anybody’ – Gallas explains Saliba drawback


Former Arsenal Captain William Gallas believes the shortage of an skilled companion on the coronary heart of the Gunners’ defence might have an effect on William Saliba’s growth.


Saliba has loved a delightful start to his Arsenal profession, following his return to the membership after a mortgage spell at Marseille. The 21-year-old, Ligue 1’s younger participant of the 12 months, has been a mainstay of Arsenal’s backline because the season started.

The Frenchman has obtained praise for his performances within the Arsenal shirt and lots of see him as somebody who would have a whole lot of impression within the league in years to return.

Apart from his nice defensive actions, Saliba already has two objectives to his identify and has shaped a wonderful partnership with Gabriel Magalhaes at centre-back.

However, a former defender on the Emirates has now disclosed that the shortage of high quality expertise on the a part of the Brazilian might restrict the probabilities of Saliba changing into world-class.


Former defender William Gallas believes that partnering Saliba with one other younger defender like Gabriel Magalhaes might hinder him from progressing to change into a world-class centre-back.

Gallas, who wore the colors of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, revealed that legendary defenders reminiscent of John Terry spent their early years being tutored by the very best as a result of they performed alongside them and Saliba could require that to realize greatness.

The former Arsenal captain feels that to ensure that Saliba to achieve his full potential, he must study from a seasoned defender – not Gabriel who’s simply 24.

“William Saliba has the same style as Rio Ferdinand,” Gallas informed Genting Casino. “When you see Saliba and the way he performs, and while you evaluate with Rio when he was younger, I believe they’re comparable.

“But it’s all the time the identical drawback, who’s going to be subsequent to you to study? He’s nonetheless younger and at this age you have to study and you have to have the proper gamers subsequent to you. That’s why I stated it’s essential while you play centre-back, you have to have skilled gamers you may study from.

“At the moment Saliba doesn’t have anyone. When I talk about experienced players, I’m talking about top-class defenders. That’s why I’m a little bit worried for him. If he wants to go to another level he needs to be next to top-class defenders.”

“If we speak about John Terry, who was next to him? Marcel Desailly. Rio Ferdinand? He was next to Vidic, or I’m not sure who before that. All the defenders, they learned from someone. Nesta, he was next to Maldini,” he added.


Saliba may require an skilled companion however it’s not obligatory for Arsenal to ditch a working partnership due to that. Both Gabriel and Saliba can complement one another, develop, study and change into a completed piece in years to return.

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