A number of Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to comment on William Saliba’s continued progress at OGC Nice, resulting in the club posting an article praising the defender.
The 20-year-old joined the Gunners in the summer of 2019 for £27million, subsequently being loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the remainder of the season, and went on to reach the French Cup final.
He then arrived at the Emirates Stadium last summer to much fanfare, and it was hoped that he’d stake a claim for a first-team place, challenging the likes of David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, and Rob Holding at centre-back.
This didn’t turn out to be the case, with Mikel Arteta having other ideas, and in search of first-team football, Saliba completed a loan move to Nice in January.
He has made 15 appearances to date for the French side, including 13 Ligue 1 starts, and is quickly becoming a fan favourite at the Allianz Riviera.
Nice wrote an article about Saliba in which they spoke of “incredible stats” registered by the player, including the fact he’s never been dribbled past by an opponent with Le Gym.
He is also in the top five for ball recoveries in Ligue 1, and is the Nice player who’s made the most touches of the ball (1029).