August 13, 2022

EPL: Carragher singles out one Arsenal player after 2-0 win at Crystal Palace

Former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher, has hailed William Saliba after he made his first start for Arsenal in the Premier League.

Saliba made his debut alongside Gabriel Magalhaes in the centre of the Gunners’ backline.

The Frenchman was calm and composed, snuffing out danger as Mikel Arteta’s men left Selhurst Park with a clean sheet.

Carragher said on Sky Sports: “I thought he was really good. He didn’t have much to do in the first half, but there was one moment when a ball went in behind the Arsenal back four, in behind Ben White, and he just came across, running alongside someone.

“The way he dealt with it, with his long stride and his arm came across. He just looks the part.

“Even before you see him play, you see him run out for the warm-up and you think he looks a good player.

“You are just looking for signs of it and at such a young age, how he dealt with that second half, a couple of times helping Ben White, balls into the box.

“Arsenal fans have been excited about this lad for a while. He’s gone on loan to three different teams in France, finishing with Marseille.

“You can argue if it was right to send him out but a 21-year-old playing centre-back in the Premier League, do you want to be doing that when you are 19 or 20? It’s not easy.

“However, he looked the real deal.”

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