Pundit hails Arsenal man as their key to taking more risks

Former Aston Villa man Gabby Agbonlahor has named William Saliba as one player that gives Arsenal the confidence to attack teams.

The Frenchman has made a bright start to his Gunners career after waiting for a long time before getting it.

The defender has been in stunning form in the first three league games of the season and scored for the club in their match against Bournemouth yesterday.

The Gunners are now solid at the back and relentless when they attack teams.

Their pressing is superb, and it suffocates defences. Gabby believes having Saliba at the back gives them the confidence to keep pushing to score goals.

He said on Talk Sport: “I think you know you’ve got Saliba out there, it helps, doesn’t it? You know they can take more risks going forward.”

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Having a defence you can rely on is one of the secrets of success because it helps you to attack teams with confidence.

With Saliba at the back, the likes of Gabriel Jesus can work hard to press teams down and attack them relentlessly, knowing if they lose possession, their defence will get the ball back.

Hopefully, the Frenchman will keep performing well and help the team achieve success this term.

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  1. OT Chelsea lost 3-0 lol. Koulibaly sent off. I wonder if they’ll be making a bid for Saliba while the window is still open 😉

    Maybe it shows that changing players is not necessarily “strengthening”, whatever it looks like on paper? Time will tell I guess.

    1. Thing is they didn’t even change players deliberately and certainly didn’t strengthen. They lost world class 29 year old Rudiger for free who they wanted to keep and replaced him at expense with the 31 year old Koulibaly.

    2. IDKWIC, It is widely accepted that changing too many, especially KEY players and too quickly too, means a period of uncertainty and even a top team can lose valuable ground while the necessary settling in period takes place.

      I see the changes Chelsea has had to make, esp in defence this summer, as harming them and todays bad defeat at LEEDS SHOWED HOW TRUE THIS IS .
      Even star individuals are no proper substitute for a well drilled, well rehearsed and cohesive team work with a settled team.

  2. Westham, united, wolves, leceister, Liverpool, are all 15 below, Chelsea below top10 after 3 matches.
    This is one of the most unpredictable season have ever seen. These are the top10 teams last season and it’s unthinkable that all will been having poor beginning equally like this.
    Perhaps maybe we will truly challenge for the title if things remain this season.
    We must not let this opportunity sleeps us by without taking advantage of it come ending of the season.

      1. Deserve the lead too. Said in my pre-season write up Newcastle were the dark horses. Form in 22 with the takeover has been great. Even if they are not star studded. Says a lot about Howe.

          1. Wow just wow 3-3 now, crazy game. Captained KDB for fantasy football as a differential against Jesus/Haaland/Salah so will take that assist 🙂 (own jesus/haaland)

    1. YES SUE P, as we say in church , hymn number 387, “football is cyclical, thank the Lord”.
      Let the organ begin playing!

      1. For all you unhatched Chicken counters.

        remember we were bottom last season with 3 defeats and were then just pipped at the post for a Champions League spot at seasons end.

        I think Liverpool, Chelsea, West Ham and United will all finish in the top half of the table, and Chelsea and Liverpool might both finish in the top 5 (I was going to say top 4, but I am not sure Chelsea will get that high)

  3. Still early days . The 1st step is to get 15 out of 15 . Then the next step is to see where we are actually against United . Third step is against the likes of Spurs , City and Liverpool
    at home . We have to take baby steps and we are still at stage 1. If we win next two then we can go to stage 2 against United full of confidence which will help them to win or draw against them .
    Still a little way to go to actually know how much progress have we made

    1. Not just top 3 but most goals scored and least conceded. Assuming neither Liverpool score 7 or United score 9. Seems pretty safe.

      1. Joint most goals scored and Brighton are the least conceded. You are not far from being right though.
        Surprisingly Newcastle and City haven’t conceded until they met each other today.
        It most be really intensed.

        1. Missed Brighton you are right, kinda ruins the whole thing I was going for. Joint top is top though, I’d seen that we are side by side in the table couldn’t miss it.

      2. Yes Angus. Top after just three games.
        Imagine if Mourinho was our manager . He would try to “manage” the rest of the seson to preserve our 2 point lead.

        Like holding on to a 2 goal lead with ten minutes to play.

  4. IMO i think we can do away with the wide player and instead sign another striker coz the way arteta is utilising Jesus he might end up burning out and Nkentiah losing form. Add to that both jesus and Nkentiah can play SAKA’S position at relative ease. A striker and a midfielder would do for me.

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