William Saliba ‘looked ready’ for Premier League season, says Mikel Arteta as Arsenal starlet shines in pre-season win over Chelsea


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hailed the maturity of youngster William Saliba’s return after his performance against Chelsea.

The Gunners overtook Chelsea in a 4-0 win over their Premier League rivals in a pre-season friendly in Orlando, Florida.

Chelsea could not manage Arsenal during their pre-season across the Atlantic
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William Saliba 'looked ready' for Premier League season, says Mikel Arteta as Arsenal starlet shines in pre-season win over Chelsea
Saliba impressed Arteta after being deployed alongside Gabriel Magalhaes in the Arsenal defense
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The Gunners squad have featured the likes of new additions Gabriel Jesus – who has been put on the scoresheet – and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Both received praise from Arteta after the game, the manager is also very excited about the potential of Saliba, who is yet to make a competitive appearance for Arsenal despite joining in 2019.

“I’m really happy to see the way he’s playing, the way he’s adapted to the team, the maturity he’s shown at 21, keep doing it.” Arteta explained.

“We will continue to develop him, he has huge potential, he is already a top player and we have to make him even better.”

And when asked if the 21-year-old would be ready for the new Premier League season with his young side Arsenal, Arteta confirmed: “He looked ready to me today.”

But while Arsenal have been praised for their preparation ahead of August, their opponents have missed a handful of key goals and can’t move up a gear.


William Saliba 'looked ready' for Premier League season, says Mikel Arteta as Arsenal starlet shines in pre-season win over Chelsea
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel hasn’t been impressed with his players
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Chelsea finished two places and five points above the Gunners in the Premier League last season, but fans would have been forgiven for thinking the north London side finished higher than them.

And talkSPORT’s Darren Lewis has delivered a damning verdict on their planning for the new campaign compared to their competitors.

“Todd Boehly was beaten in the fist by Barca [Barcelona] for Raphinha, beaten in the fist by Barça for Lewandowski, he failed to get Nathan Ake out of Manchester City,” he explained during The Sunday Session.

“And now he is beaten again, it seems to be, by Barcelona for Jules Kounde.”

He continued: “Chelsea looked so poor, they look so unable to face one side, like [Thomas] Tuchel said after the match that it ended below them in the table.


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