“He’s a great player” – Former Gunner tips wonderkid for success at Arsenal

Mathieu Debuchy has spoken glowingly about William Saliba.

Former Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy has tipped young defender William Saliba for success when he eventually moves to the Emirates Stadium.

The 18-year-old has shone in his time in Ligue 1 with Saint-Etienne, and is currently back on loan at the club from Arsenal after they signed him last summer.

Gooners will no doubt be excited to see Saliba in action in a red and white shirt next term, especially with this side so obviously in need of more quality in defence after poor performances from the likes of David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos for so much of this campaign.

Debuchy has been playing alongside Saliba at Saint-Etienne, so is well-placed to predict how his team-mate might get on in the Premier League.

“He’s a great player. I’m so happy for him to play next season for a big club like Arsenal,” Debuchy told the Ligue 1 Podcast.

“He improves every game and I think he is a great player. He’s strong with good technique. He’s quick.

“I think he has a lot of quality to play at Arsenal.”

Debuchy spent three and a half years at Arsenal but was limited to just 30 appearances in all competitions due to injuries.


  1. gotanidea says:

    If he is as fast as Van Dijk and if he can avoid grave injuries, I think he would be massive for us

    1. ArsenalWhy says:

      He can be as fast as superman and it wouldn’t matter if we don’t strengthen the midfield and overall attitude of the team. If the opposing team is able to take 30 shots they will score a few.

      1. gotanidea says:


        However, the oppositions can’t bombard us with shots anymore, since Arteta took over

  2. Grandad says:

    Saliba reminds me of Raphael Varane and he has something important which none of our current centre backs have, namely pace.To me one of the most important aspects of Liverpool’s success is the pace of Gomez and Van Dik .Let’s hope Saliba can prove himself in the Premier League next season.

  3. RSH says:

    So much pressure being put on this kid… Hasn’t even kicked a ball for us yet.

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