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William Saliba: Prince of all centre backs

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by razörist, Aug 18, 2020.

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Who?

  1. Van Dijk

    8 vote(s)
    9.9%
  2. Saliba

    66 vote(s)
    81.5%
  3. Maguire

    7 vote(s)
    8.6%
  1. dashsnow17

    dashsnow17 Established Member

    I mean a negative of sending him to the Championship is that he's not gonna be tested against the very best attackers there, and this is a guy who was playing against Neymar and Mbappe last season.

    But which PL clubs really needed a CB? He could have gone to West Ham maybe, or Fulham. But with Fulham he'd be getting battered every week. Does that help him?

    Maybe a strong-ish Championship side is good, particularly a side that has most of the ball, that way he can further develop his passing.
     
  2. Keplaz

    Keplaz Well-Known Member

    Brentford would be decent. Quality manager and football.
     
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  3. drippin

    drippin Well-Known Member

    Also Godfrey was sold from Norwich, and they can do okay in Championship, and play possession football. Needs to be starting many games.
     
  4. Keplaz

    Keplaz Well-Known Member

    My worry for him is the bereavement. Losing a parent is hard at any age, and he's only 19. The mental impact is huge and very underestimated. I think this more than anything has played a part in him not starting for us.

    Adriano was potentially a world beater with a cannon of a left foot. But he never recovered after his dad died. This has to be managed properly and taking him away from the pressure and lime light could be what he needs.

    Arteta much like Arsène cares about people and I think they will do well for him.

    I was curious about this whole transition thing until I heard this. He was one of St Etienne's key players. No doubt he can contribute for us, but push him now and maybe the next van Dijk becomes the next Silvestre. I trust Arteta to handle this.
     
  5. krengon

    krengon One Arsene Wenger Trusted

    Championship loan would be good for him, if it doesn't happen though he has to start the El games at least, no reason why he can't play in those easy games..
     
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  6. Tosker

    Tosker Does Not Hate Foreigners

     
  7. Trilly

    Trilly The John Sauce Of Ilford Trusted

    Sounds like someone read this forum tbh but it would make sense.
     
  8. 9jagooner

    9jagooner Well-Known Member

    Benrahma will be really good for Arsenal.
     
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  9. Tosker

    Tosker Does Not Hate Foreigners

    a good relationship with Brentford could be very useful in the long term
     
  10. Raicore

    Raicore Active Member

    :bounce::clap:
     
  11. Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver Well-Known Member

    Could Benrahma be converted into a 8 or 10?
     
  12. balthazar

    balthazar Well-Known Member

  13. BigPoppaPump

    BigPoppaPump Contrarian

    Anyway you look at it we've mishandled this situation.
     
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  14. Gooner416

    Gooner416 Well-Known Member

    Leicester splashed the cash on Fofana who one can argue is at a similar stage in his development, yet we're looking to loan out Big Willy to the championship who's even higher rated?

    :facepalm:
     
  15. BigPoppaPump

    BigPoppaPump Contrarian

    There's no way he's not ready to play Europa games at least, guy was a first team regular for St Etienne.
     
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  16. The_Playmaker

    The_Playmaker Established Member

    This is key. Same age, and they came from the same team playing together at the heart of the defence. How they develop will be interesting. Fofana will not get many minutes this season. He will be training and developing. Much like Soyuncu in his first season. However they managed to get him ready for his second season without loaning him.

    Sending him to brentford or Watford means he is close. It means we can keep him up to date with tactical changes we make. Brentford also have a set piece specialist and a goalkeeper that we actually wanted. So it will be interesting to see if he ends up there.

    He may not face the quality in 1v1 situations like the Premier League, but he will play a lot of matches and face alot of aerial challenges. Loans to the Championship for defensive players seem to be more representative of the performance they will put in the Premier League. More so than an attacking player.
     
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  17. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant and Believer-In-Chief

    Clearly there is a way though because Arteta and coaches have had a look at him and don't think he's ready...
     
  18. Mrs Bergkamp

    Mrs Bergkamp Established Member

    I hope does well on loan, but more than that, I hope he's able to get his personal issues under control. It's been a difficult year for him but we must extend his contract by two years and hope he's PL ready by the start of next season.
    On another note, Upamecano has a release clause of £36.5m. Lots of Utd rumours but with our CB departures next summer, we should be looking closely at him as well.
     
  19. field442

    field442 Hates Journalists Named James Trusted

    I don’t think it’s that he’s not ready to play those games, it’s more that playing 30-40 times rather than 10 times is more of a benefit. CBs don’t get subbed on in games so the only chance he’ll have to play is those 6 group games and the odd FA cup tie. He’s not going to benefit and develop with such little playing time.
     
  20. Macho

    Macho Well-Known Member Trusted

    Rumours are his mum died earlier this year. In combination with his injuries and France season ending short - it may be true what Arteta says, he is short of development and simply not ready. The odd cup game won’t be enough if that’s the case.

    I didn’t watch any of the reserve games he was in but apparently he struggled? Hear say though like I said I didn’t watch.
     

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