Ian Wright praises Arsenal for decision to loan out Saliba
Arsenal club legend Ian Wright has praised the club for their decision to sign and then loan out William Saliba to French side Marseille last season. Saliba won the young player of the league in Ligue 1 last campaign, and has now emerged as one of Europe's best young defenders and has firmly slotted himself as a starter in the Gunners' central defence.
Saliba arrived at Arsenal 3 years ago for a 28 million euros, but could not force his way into the Gunners' squad. He has now returned and looks an entirely different player.
Wright told reporters: "Mikel and Edu have got to take a lot of credit for what they’ve done with this guy. This guy is someone we’ve always thought would be special.
"Even when they sent him out on loan there were fans calling for him to come back. He’s a full international now, he looks composed, calm, he’s got great pace.
"It’s a decision that was magnificent from Arsenal. It would have been easy to bring him back last year but they gave him the extra season and now he looks like he’s been playing in that position for years. At 21, to go to Crystal Palace for the first game of the season and play like that, you don’t want to get carried away but that’s some performance."
Saliba made his debut for the club last weekend in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.