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Fabregas says William Saliba can be Arsenal defender for next 20 YEARS as he goes 720 mins without being dribbled past

CESC FABREGAS has claimed William Saliba can be Arsenal’s centre-back for “15 to 20 years”.

The 21-year-old was superb yet again as the Gunners beat bitter rivals Tottenham 3-1 at the Emirates this afternoon.

William Saliba shone again for the Gunners


William Saliba shone again for the GunnersCredit: Getty
Cesc Fabregas heaped praise on the defender


Cesc Fabregas heaped praise on the defenderCredit: BT SPORT
Saliba's stats against Tottenham today
Saliba’s stats against Tottenham today

Saliba has now gone a staggering 720 MINUTES without being dribbled past – all eight of Arsenal’s Premier League games this season

And club legend Fabregas reckons Saliba can be a stalwart for the Gunners until he’s into his FORTIES.

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He told BT Sport: “That was a fantastic complete performance.

“I’d like to mention the special name, the fact he was so good he made it look easy is William Saliba.

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“I’m sorry but this boy was in France on loan and I was watching him very closely because an ex-Arsenal scout asked me three years ago when we were playing St Etienne in a cup match.

“I was rested so I was in the stand, he said ‘watch this boy, I want to sign him’.

“He was 18, 19 and he was the best player on the pitch so that shows you the potential of this guy, he looks so easy, he could be Arsenal’s centre-back for the next 15 to 20 years.”

Saliba’s stats back up Fabregas’ praise.

As well as not being dribbled past in the Premier League this season, the 71 times Saliba has won possession is more than any other player in the Prem.

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Just today against Spurs the young French defender recovered the ball 11 times, and won an impressive five duels.

The Gunners splashed out £27million when Saliba was just 19-years-old to bring him to North London.

He hadn’t played a competitive game for Arsenal before this season, but that investment is already starting to look like a shrewd one.

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