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The remarkable adversary at Arsenal

Center-back William Saliba made an impressive debut for Arsenal with the award of "Player of the Match".

Most newspapers over the weekend talked about the double of new Erling Haaland at London Stadium, but another “rookie” of the Premier League also made an impressive debut. Such was the case with William Saliba. 

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 Saliba immediately won the title “Player of the match” in the debut match.

Saliba joined Arsenal three years ago for £27 million, but until now, the 21-year-old has made his debut for Arsenal’s first team. Seeing what he did against Crystal Palace, one wonders why it took the Gunners so long to trust him. 

Crystal’s gameplay is quite straightforward. They like to attack defenders, dribble past people. It means defenders have to stay focused all the time and handle the ball, block it, otherwise a penalty is very likely to happen. However, Saliba stood firm. Not only that, he had 7 times to relieve his teammates, the premise for the Premier League organizers to award the French player the title of “Best Player of the Match”. 

Going back to the past, what Saliba has shown over the years is quite impressive. He helped Saint Etienne reach the Coupe De France Final, impressed at Nice and was last season’s Ligue I runner-up, with Marseille. In other words, he has proven his talent in France and deserves to be in the Arsenal squad, which is being rated as the worst club in 25 years. 

Arteta admits he has some regrets about not signing up for Saliba for the 2020/21 season. Basically, the player only played in the youth team after his move to the Championship fell apart. It seems odd for Arsenal to leave their vast fortune “immobilized” amid Europa League matches. 

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 Saliba played sublime in Marseille shirt.

It is explained that at that time the Covid-19 epidemic was breaking out and the matches were postponed. As he acclimatized to his new environment (in England), it would be better to return to France to see family and friends. 

On the other hand, the president of Marseille said it was clear that he would be happy if Arsenal did not take Saliba seriously and also revealed that Saliba did not want to return to London. 

Of course, Arteta does not want to keep a player whose heart is no longer at Arsenal. Even from a business perspective, Arsenal basically let Ozil, Sokratis, Kolasinac, Mustafi and Aubameyang go while Guendouzi was sold at a low price.

Therefore, Saliba in the first round of the Premier League is the most desired Saliba that Gunners fans have seen in the past 3 years. This player has overcome many adversities to gradually assert his own success. If he continues to play football like this, sooner or later he will have a starting position in the French team. 

The hero at Arsenal and the shot that broke Messi’s heart

Sanchez’s career in recent years has been low notes. However, when he was at his peak, the Chilean star was undeniably one of the best attacking players in the world.

Sanchez joined Udinese in 2006, but was later loaned to Colo-Colo and River Plate respectively. In 2008, he was given the opportunity to play in Serie A by Udinese. However, it was not until his third season playing in Italy that Sanchez’s career exploded. In the 2010/11 campaign, the South American star scored 12 goals in Serie A and caught the eye of Barcelona.

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 Sanchez’s talent was discovered in the Udinese shirt.

That summer, Sanchez decided to join the Catalunya Giants. In 3 years with Blaugrana, he won 6 big and small titles with this team. The last season devoted to the Camp Nou team (2013/14), the Chilean international scored 21 goals and 16 assists in all competitions. However, Barca still decided to sell Sanchez, clearing a place to welcome Luis Suarez.

Arsenal did not miss the opportunity to acquire a star like Sanchez, accepting to spend £ 35 million to bring this striker to London in the summer of 2014. This is undoubtedly one of the most successful deals in his career. Arsene Wenger, when Sanchez quickly assumed the leading role in the Gunners attack, helped the club win two FA Cup titles.

The first season devoted to the Emirates Stadium team, the star born in 1988 contributed 25 goals and 12 assists in all competitions. The next 2 campaigns, that number is 17 goals, 11 assists and 30 goals, 18 assists, respectively. At that time, Sanchez was in the top of the most feared attacking stars in the land of fog.

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Sanchez was a mainstay when he was at Arsenal. 

In January 2018, the Chilean striker decided to join Man Utd in a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan. As is known, the only mark that Sanchez left in the Red Devils shirt is the video of him playing the piano on the day of his debut in the red half of Manchester.

During Sanchez’s peak form, Chile became a counterweight to Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay in South America. Chile didn’t win anything, until Sanchez made his national team debut in 2006.

The player who is only 1m68 tall is the one who defines Chile on the world football map. At the 2015 Copa America, Sanchez made the decisive penalty , helping the home team defeat Argentina led by Lionel Messi to win the championship. At Copa America 2016, La Albiceleste once again held a grudge against La Roja in the final, the tournament in which Sanchez always won the “Best Player” award.

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