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Mikel Arteta already has his own Virgil van Dijk at Arsenal

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Arsenal fans are extremely excited to see William Saliba make his debut at the Emirates Stadium following his season with St Etienne.

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has suggested that William Saliba could be the Gunners’ own version of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, ahead of his debut Premier League campaign.

The Frenchman was signed from St Etienne last summer but remained with the Ligue 1 side on loan for the 2019/20 campaign.

Arsenal’s defence struggled for stability last season and excitement surrounding Saliba is extremely high, ahead of his expected debut when the new Premier League season begins.

Now, Smith has added more fuel to the excitement fire by stating that he has the potential to emulate Van Dijk’s impact at Anfield.

“With a few quid to spend, another central defender must be on the cards. This area, in fact, is the most interesting of all. Will William Saliba, for instance, be given an early chance after finally coming over from Saint Etienne?” Smith told¬†Sky Sports.

“Saliba, by all accounts, has tremendous potential as a classy defender in the Virgil van Dijk mould. I can just imagine Arteta on that training ground, working hard with the 19-year-old to instil good habits.

“Depending on how that goes, we might see the Frenchman let loose early on. Next to whom is another matter though. Will Arteta continue with three at the back, a system that helped bring about such huge improvement?”

 

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