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What William Saliba did to Ivan Toney to nullify his threat in Arsenal victory

William Saliba had another incredible game against Brentford and Arsenal fans will love what he did to Ivan Toney

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Arsenal defender William Saliba
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Arsenal secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory against London rivals Brentford on Saturday, reclaiming their position at the top of the Premier League standings.

The crucial win was sealed by goals from summer signings Declan Rice and Kai Havertz, as the Gunners bounced back from Aaron Ramsdale’s first-half blunder that allowed Brentford to equalise just before halftime.

Despite failing to replicate the explosive performances of their previous matches, during which Mikel Arteta’s side scored 25 goals in five games, Arsenal displayed resilience against a disciplined Brentford team.

A standout moment for Arsenal fans occurred in the 30th minute when William Saliba physically dominated Brentford’s Ivan Toney, winning possession and drawing cheers from supporters. This incident gained added significance due to Toney’s previous tweet mocking Arsenal following Brentford’s victory over them in August 2021, as seen in the Amazon Prime documentary All or Nothing. It’s speculated that Saliba’s actions may have been driven by a desire for revenge against Toney.

Arsenal defender William Saliba and Ivan Toney

William Saliba against Ivan Toney (Image credit: Getty Images)

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Interestingly, Saliba and Toney could soon become teammates, with reports suggesting that Arsenal is eager to sign Toney this summer for a reported fee of £60 million. Arteta is reportedly personally pushing for the signing, with Arsenal allegedly leading the race ahead of Manchester United.

Despite Aaron Ramsdale’s first-half mistake, for which Havertz’s winning goal redeemed him, Arsenal maintained a unified front. Saliba, when asked about Ramsdale’s error, emphasised the team’s solidarity, stating, “Everyone makes mistakes. The last month I made two mistakes, and my teammates saved me. So we have to be together like this. Second half he saved us, because they had 3 good chances. That’s a good mentality of the team.”

Arsenal will now turn their attention to European football against FC Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday. The Gunners are determined to bounce back from a 1-0 deficit in the initial leg, as they strive to progress to the next stage of the competition.

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