DANIEL MATTHEWS: It’s early days however his show at Crystal Palace reveals persistence has paid off for William Saliba… his second coming at Arsenal confirmed each composure and finesse
- William Saliba made his first begin for the Gunners in win over Crystal Palace
- Saliba was named man-of-the-match in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory
- The 21-year-old signed for Arsenal from Saint-Etienne in 2019
- A purpose from Gabriel Martinelli and a Palace OG secured the three factors
Three debuts, two new faces, one man the Arsenal followers longed to see above all.
They had been ready some time, in equity. William Saliba first arrived in north London in 2019. Arsenal paid £27million for the then-teenage defender. Last night time, after three years and three mortgage spells in France, a aggressive bow finally.
You can forgive those that puzzled whether or not today would ever come.
You can perceive why, for some, a primary sighting of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko was all the time going to play second fiddle. While he was away, an nearly cultish zeal developed across the 21-year-old Frenchman.
William Saliba signed for the Gunners in 2019, earlier than happening three mortgage spells in France
The French worldwide was named man of the match for his efforts on the coronary heart of defence
Arguably Saliba’s largest activity final night time was not repelling Crystal Palace however in some way sating all of the anticipation.
Did he succeed? Could he presumably succeed?
Well, he left Selhurst Park with a clear sheet, a victory and the person of the match award after a show of composure and finesse. Early days, in fact however this was an evening that implies Arsenal’s funding can pay dividends finally.
Early indicators this summer time had already persuaded Mikel Arteta that it was price transferring Ben White to proper again to fit the Frenchman alongside Gabriel Magalhaes. There was little right here to counsel this profitable formulation wants tweaking – even when Takehiro Tomiyasu is absolutely match as soon as extra.
There had been wobbles after the break, too, when Saliba misjudged a cross after which failed to chop out a through-ball to Eberechi Eze. Fortunately Aaron Ramsdale stored Arsenal in entrance.
Arsenal gained 2-0 at Selhurst Park due to a purpose from Gabriel Martinelli and a Palace OG
But then got here one other couple of unpolluted, chopping tackles on Zaha. And one other 45 minutes to counsel Saliba is right here to remain on the coronary heart of Arsenal’s again 4.
Heading into the closing phases, nobody had made extra clearances, or gained the ball extra typically.
Yes lots extra, lots more durable exams await.
But this was a good begin, irrespective of how lengthy it took to reach.