Campbell describes Arsenal defender as a Bentley when compared to Van Dijk

Former Arsenal man Kevin Campbell has praised William Saliba and compared him to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.

Arsenal signed Saliba in 2019, but they have not used him any competitive match until now.

Instead, he has been sent out on loan on different occasions, and the last one was a resounding success.

The Frenchman did very well at Olympique Marseille and won a league-wide award for his performances.

He returns to Arsenal as a better player and proved his class in some pre-season matches.

The Gunners are now expected to keep him and use him regularly in this campaign.

Campbell is in no doubt that he will shine and brands him a Bentley if Van Dijk is a Rolls Royce.

He told Football Insider: “If Virgil van Dijk is a Rolls Royce, Saliba is a Bentley.

“He is never flustered and his passing is a lot better than a lot of people give him credit for. He is smart, quick, strong, physical, powerful and does not make mistakes.

“I think he needed that extra year at Marseille, if I am honest. I think that has really helped his confidence. Now when you see him play at Arsenal, and I know it is pre-season, he looks mature.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Saliba is clearly a top defender, and he proved that in France last season, and we are now under pressure to get the best from him.

The Frenchman has already proven what he can do against the best players, and we expect Mikel Arteta to give him regular minutes this season, especially if we want to convince him to sign a new deal.

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  1. If Arteta and fans want to see if he is truly a class player, then he has to play. He needs a run of games to see how he reads, adjusts, and manages games.

    Give him a run of 5 – 7 games and analyze performances. Tackles, interceptions, passing, positioning and recovery.

    I think Saliba and Gabriel is the best pairing. Ramsdale, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Jesus walk into the starting 11, why not Saliba too if he performances continue?

  2. Which one is the best,most popular and more expensive car between the 2 of them?if I had the opportunity ,my personal choice would be the Bentley.

    1. I think that Arteta should line up Saliba and Gabriel in the center of defense and use Ben White on the right side, a position that he has already played before and also considering that Tomiyashi is frequently injured

      1. But it’s he a good right back? He’s been ok as a backup, but it’s not really his thing?

  3. It would be better for Saliba to continue at Olympic Marseille so as to stand a chance of going to Qatar 2022 with France. A situation he returns to Arsenal and Arteta fails to give him enough playing time and he misses the World Cup may affect his confidence and brings a negative impact on his Arsenal career.

  4. You can’t compare a Rolls Royce to a Bentley. Two different classes. The first one is an elite of the elite. The second one is an elite of the average.

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