Ferdinand praises Arsenal defender Saliba for performance against Newcastle


Arsenal suffered their first loss of the Premier League season against Newcastle at the weekend. Arsenal weren’t too convincing, but one player who impressed was William Saliba.

Speaking on Five, Rio Ferdinand has been full of praise for one Arsenal center-back William Saliba.

The pundit said that the Frenchman was unreal against Newcastle despite the Gunners’ defeat. Rio also claimed that he actually reminded him of himself at one point.

Saliba was unreal

Ferdinand spoke incredibly highly of the £30 million man.

“He was unreal. He played well and he did a bit of skill on the ball as well and I thought he reminds me of me. Haha, he was mad,” Ferdinand said.

Such high praises, coming from one of the best center-backs the Premier League has ever seen, is certainly no small deal.

Saliba is a star in the making for Arsenal

Saliba was as fantastic as ever against Newcastle, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that he was arguably Arsenal’s best player against the Magpies.

The 22 year old has been amazing over the past 12 months. These sorts of performances have become his new usual as of late.

Saliba is just a beautiful player. He has all of the technical and physical skills to be a world-class player, and the scary thing is that he’s just 22 years old. The Frenchman has got the best part of a decade ahead of him, and if he keeps developing, he could become one of the very best in the Premier League.

Ferdinand says that Saliba reminded him of himself at the weekend, and, in all honesty, we wouldn’t back against Saliba becoming even better than Ferdinand by the time he ultimately reaches his peak. Saliba is one of the brightest young talents in the world, and Arsenal are very lucky to have him.

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