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'I will pat his back': Mikel Arteta seriously impressed by one Arsenal star

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta showered praise on William Saliba after his phenomenal performance against Crystal Palace last night.

The young Frenchman joined us three years ago, but he hadn’t made his senior competitive debut in Arsenal’s colours. His long wait ended last night, and he showed the world what he’s all about.

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Saliba was absolutely exceptional. He didn’t put a foot wrong in the entire game, and his brilliant display deservedly earned him the man of the match award.

Mikel Arteta praises William Saliba after Arsenal debut last night

Just like Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and everyone else who watched the game last night, Arteta was blown away by Saliba’s display.

The Gunners boss told Arsenal.com: “For William [Saliba], to ask him to come here in his first Premier League game away from home against this physical team is a big task and the way the boy played and the way he resolved every situation, he deserves a lot of credit, and I will pat his back because he was superb.

“It (putting the team first) is his character. He’s a really humble guy and he wants to be coached and he wants to learn. He’s really focused and determined to be a success here and he’s been very patient.

“We’ve tried to explain and develop him in the right way and we’re really happy for him.”

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Saliba’s stats impressed Jamie Carragher

Saliba was the best player on the pitch last night. He was simply magnificent from the first minute to the last, and his numbers back that.

The young Frenchman completed 100 per cent of his take-ons and won every single one of his aerial duels. He registered six clearances, seven ball recoveries and maintained a stunning 94 per cent passing accuracy.

His performance was so good that Carragher didn’t just rave about him live on Sky Sports, he took to Twitter as well to praise the Frenchman’s stats following a truly spectacular debut performance.

Saliba really is a star and we can’t wait to see more of him.

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