Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna was full of praise for William Saliba for his Amazing Influence in the Gunner’s defence this season.
William Saliba returned to Arsenal this summer, despite heavy speculation that he won’t be giving a chance to prove under Mikel Arteta.
The Frenchman has spent the last three seasons on loan since arriving Emirates Stadium in 2019.
It’s not wrong to say William Saliba was yet to even make his debut debut for Arsenal before this current season while Marseille were keen to secure the defender signature after his impressive performance for the club last season.
However, Saliba made it clear many times that he wanted to fight for his future at the North London Club and he’s been giving the chance to secure his future in the club this season by earning a first-team started.
Ex-Arsenal star Bacary Sagna feels the defender is on the right path to made history in the club and claimed “sky is the limit” for the French international whose many expect to become a regular starter for France national squad.
According to Metro via Metro Sport Reader’ Sagna said; ‘I think he is having an amazing impact on everybody; the fans, his teammates. He has finally arrived and he looks ready,’ Sagna told the Lord Ping Blog.
‘Sometimes, a player needs to take a different journey to get where they want and, if you look back at the decision of the club to loan him to Marseilles, it has proven to be the correct decision. I don’t think he would have played a full season if he had stayed at Arsenal last year.
‘Marseille is a huge club in France. It is a big club with a lot of pressure – the fans are very passionate – in many ways, it reminds me of an English club. People in Marseille are demanding.’
Sagna furthers continue that Arteta’s decision to wait to integrate Saliba was the right choice.
‘Mikel knew exactly what Saliba needed. He needed to have a full season, playing in that environment, with real pressure, while developing and improving his game. While he was there he improved his confidence, he got used to the feeling of being an important player.
‘These are all qualities that have enabled him to perform in the Premier League. It was a great spell and has helped him take to the demands of playing for Arsenal.
‘I think the sky’s the limit for him. He has started to get into the French national team. I think he will go to the World Cup. He has shone for Arsenal and become a key player already.
‘The level he is playing at is because of the amount of games he played. Players only improve with games. He had his first loan at St. Etienne – this allowed him to learn and make mistakes out of the pressure of playing for Arsenal and he has taken a step in the right direction every year.
‘When he signed for Arsenal, the club was not in as good a place. The last thing that you want with a young player is to kill him mentally by throwing him into a defence that is not performing so well; into a team that is performing below expectation. The way Arsenal have allowed him to develop was very smart.’