Arsenal beat Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday with the Gunners bouncing back from a controversial defeat at Newcastle United last weekend. William Saliba scored his first goal in front of the Arsenal home fans this weekend, with Mikel Arteta discussing the frenchman’s progress after the game.
Mikel Arteta explained that William Saliba has been working on the attacking part of his game over recent weeks with the centre-back trying to become more dominant in the box given his size and stature.
Mikel Arteta on William Saliba: “Absolutely, for Willy as well for his presence and size he needs to show a lot more dominance in the box and he’s really putting emphasis into that and trying to improve.”
William Saliba is, of course, already considered one of the league’s best centre-backs, however there’s still progress for the French international to make, with Mikel Arteta making it clear he wants him to become more of a presence in the opponents box, especially from set-pieces.
The 22-year-old was crucial at both ends of the pitch in Arsenal’s win over Burnley on Saturday, and although he’s already one of the league’s best centre-backs, Saliba is yet to convince some on the international stage.
The £27million Arsenal paid for Saliba is looking more of a bargain every game he plays and Mikel Arteta is convinced there is still a lot more to come from the Frenchman.
William Saliba has scored four goals in 50 appearances so far in North London and there’s no doubt, with the work he’s currently doing on the training pitch, that he can score more over the next 50 games for the Gunners.