“Everything he touches turns gold, he’s a huge threat for the opponent and Arteta can not afford to lose him at any point in time, he remind me of the 2004 Arsenal set”- Arsenal icon Thierry Henry says nobody in the Premier League is better than £27M Arsenal monster player- Not Saka, Not Rice and not White
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry expressed his admiration for William Saliba, asserting that the £27 million Arsenal player is currently the best defender in the Premier League. Henry, who encountered top-notch centre-backs during his tenure as a Gunner, recognizes defensive prowess and is notably impressed by Saliba’s performance against Luton Town.
Saliba, signed from Saint-Etienne in 2019, initially faced loan spells to Saint-Etienne, Nice, and Marseille. Despite doubts about Mikel Arteta’s preference for him, the Arsenal boss consistently utilized Saliba upon his return last year, and the young defender has proven to be outstanding.
Speaking as a pundit on Amazon Prime, Henry lauded Saliba’s abilities, emphasizing his excellence in one-on-one defending and his contribution to Arsenal’s defensive strategy. Henry stated, “Right now, I think he [Saliba] is [the best], by a mile.” Highlighting Saliba’s speed, recovery skills, and his intelligent distribution of the ball, Henry praised his overall contribution to the team.
Reflecting on Saliba’s loan to Marseille in the 2021/22 season, Henry expressed surprise that Arsenal initially did not retain him. However, Saliba’s return showcased his prowess, dispelling any doubts about his capabilities. Henry confidently asserted that Saliba is now the best defender in the league.
At just 22 years old, Saliba is already considered one of the best defenders globally. His attributes include speed, strength, ball-playing skills, astute game reading, and remarkable composure. Henry’s endorsement is seen as a significant confidence boost for Saliba, who, if maintained fit throughout the season, could be a key factor in Arsenal’s pursuit of the Premier League title. Arsenal fans are optimistic about their chances with Saliba’s exceptional talent anchoring their defense.