Journalist heaps praise on Arsenal duo for performance against Chelsea

William Saliba and Gabriel have formed a solid partnership at the heart of the Arsenal defence this season.

Both players have been the first choice at the Emirates, a partnership that forced Ben White to settle for a right-back role since the start of this season.

They were in outstanding form again as Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

Mikel Arteta needed his men to be in their best shape to get a win from that fixture and that is exactly what happened.

Everyone contributed to the win, but Charles Watts singled out the defenders for special praise after another fine performance.

He tweeted:

“Monstrous performances from Saliba and Gabriel today. Limiting Aubameyang to just eight touches while he was on the pitch. Broja fared no better. Saliba absolutely immense. Gabriel with another vital goal. What a win.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Saliba and Gabriel have been terrific players for us this season and they have contributed to our results.

Both defenders understand the demands on them and have been doing great since we first paired them.

On this form, it is hard for any centre-back at the club to break their partnership this season, unless a serious long-term injury sidelines one of them.

Tags Charles Watts Gabriel Magalhaes William Saliba


  1. Probably the single best Prem CB partnership . In fact, forget the “probably”.

    Some, such as the respected Grandad do not rate Gabriel.

    I thought he was immense, as he so often is, once again today. And as for SALIBA, I am purring more than my cat!

  2. These two have been immense for Arsenal this season, and with White and Tommy as fullbacks they look even better.

    The icing on our defensive cake has been the consistent availability of Partey.

    The forwards have been getting much of the media attention this season, but those in the media are finally waking up to the impact our defense has had on our performances this season!!!!

    I just hope we don’t go off the boil during this enforced break

  3. Absolutely. They’ve been fantastic and made the current league position possible by maintaining a solid defense. With Zinchenko / Holding on one side and White / Tomi on the other, it’s the best-looking Arsenal defense in a very long time and has built the foundation for the current form.

  4. Finally we have a manager who understands the art of defending, maybe the best back four since the days of Lee, Tony, Steve and Nigel. May Mikel be our coach for the next 22 years.

  5. I like the attitude of these young lads, they are all 100% in the game. And they cover almost the entire pitch, hence the goals they score.

  6. I think the best bond teams are areArsenak & Leeds they work for each other & the manager good spirit that how should be as a team?

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