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Arsenal legend reveals the key thing that made William Saliba a world class defender



( Arsenal centre back William Saliba / Photo via Getty )

Arsenal legend and former goalkeeper David Seaman has showered praise on the impressive rise of centre-back William Saliba, highlighting the impact of the French defender’s loan spell in unlocking his full potential and transforming him into a defensive stalwart for the Gunners. Following Arsenal’s commanding performance in their recent victory over West Ham, Seaman commended Saliba’s stellar display, emphasizing the young defender’s remarkable progress and contribution to the team’s success.

In a glowing tribute to Saliba’s blossoming talent, Seaman lauded, “The centre-halves have been brilliant. And Saliba just keeps going on to a different level every game. It just shows you the power of going out on loan.” The veteran goalkeeper’s admiration for Saliba’s development underscores the invaluable experience gained through loan spells, which have proven instrumental in honing the young defender’s skills and molding him into a standout performer for Arsenal.

Drawing from his coaching experience with Arsenal’s youth teams, Seaman emphasized the significance of game time in nurturing young talents, revealing, “I coach at Arsenal with the under-21s and the under-18s and there is a lot of them that are a bit hesitant about going out on loan but when you see the impact it had on Saliba, you have to go and get that game time.” Saliba’s meteoric rise from a loan stint to a key figure in Arsenal’s defensive line serves as a compelling testament to the value of practical experience in shaping a player’s growth and transforming their potential into tangible success on the field.

With Arsenal currently holding the 3rd spot on the Premier League table with 52 points after 24 league games, Saliba’s formidable contributions have been instrumental in the Gunners’ defensive solidity, exemplified by an impressive nine clean sheets—the most by a club this season. Additionally, Saliba’s attacking prowess, demonstrated by two goals and one assist in the league, highlights his versatility and impact across both ends of the pitch, solidifying his status as a rising star in Arsenal’s ranks. Seaman’s glowing appraisal of Saliba’s transformation into a defensive linchpin echoes the sentiment shared by fans and pundits alike, as the young talent continues to shine and carve out a bright future for himself at the Emirates Stadium.

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