Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit has heaped praise upon William Saliba for how brilliantly he has taken to the Premier League.

Arsenal legend Compared Saliba to Premier League defensive greats John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, told Le Progrès (via But! Football Club):

“He’s one of the best in England at centre-back. He’s a stalwart. He has a lot of composure and personality on the pitch.

“He’s improved his communication, his reading of the game and his management of what’s behind him.

“He relied a bit on his strength and speed, but now, he’s adapted to the demands of English football.”


His performances earned him a place in France’s 2022 World Cup squad, where he featured in Les Bleus final group game against Tunisia.

The 22-year-old has made 38 appearances for Arsenal in all competition, including every minute of every match so far this term.