Granit Xhaka gives ‘incredible’ advice to William Saliba on shaking off Arsenal setback: ‘He’s amazing’


ranit Xhaka has advised Arsenal team-mate William Saliba to bounce back from his own goal against Leicester, insisting the youngster has the maturity of a much older player.

Saliba impressed on his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace earlier this month but suffered a tougher test at the Emirates on Saturday.

Arsenal ran out 4-2 wins in north London, with the French defender responsible for one of those Leicester goals after he inadvertently headed the ball past Aaron Ramsdale and into his own net.

Xhaka is confident such a setback won’t shake Saliba’s confidence as he has been impressed with his maturity since joining the first team in the summer.

“It’s football,” Xhaka said. “People only see the own goal but maybe hopefully they will see what game he had. This guy is 21. I think in his first Premier League game for Arsenal he was unbelievable.

Granit Xhaka has no worries about Arsenal defender William Saliba after his own goal

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“You can see how… he looks 30 years old. He has discipline and a great character. He’s not that loud, but he’s a good leader in my eyes.

“You can see he’s amazing. He has a lot of quality and yes, we forget the own goal because for 90 minutes he had a very, very good game.

Arsenal made a perfect start to the season, winning their opening two Premier League games. New striker Gabriel Jesus caught the eye in the win over Leicester, scoring twice and providing two assists.

The Brazilian has transformed the way Arsenal attack and has also become a key part of the management group in the dressing room.

Xhaka hailed his impact and is confident the striker will only get better as he continues to settle in after a £45million move from Manchester City.

When asked if Jesus was the missing piece of the puzzle under Mikel Arteta, Xhaka replied, “It looks like it at the moment.

“He’s so important to us. You can see how hard he works, not only because he scores and assists, but he works incredibly for the team.

“He’s like that every day in training. When he’s not scoring he’s hungry and he’s a striker who makes the difference at the end in the box, and we’re so happy to have him. -keep it up and reach those numbers more and more.

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