News just in: Arteta is still a fucking clown
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Many in France are curious as to why he was not trusted by an Arsenal team who are renowned for mistakes at the back. Saliba doesn’t make many. L’Equipe, notorious for being frugal with their match-day marks, have regularly scored him as one of Nice’s top performers.
Nice are so happy with Saliba they last week presented the case for his impact with a statistical analysis that demonstrated his positive influence both at the club and more widely in the league. The analysis showed he was the best in the Nice squad for aerial duels, top for touches of the ball, is the player who has made the most passes and is second-best for interceptions. Across the numbers, he is consistently rating extremely highly for his team, and impressively highly league-wide.
Since returning to France, he has never been dribbled past or beaten by an opponent on the floor, and has been in the top five in the league for ball recoveries. Ursea has praised him for bringing “confidence” to the team and calmness in his temperament.
Saliba went immediately into the team after joining Nice in January — after precious little training to fine-tune his fitness or get used to any of his team-mates — and has been a fixture ever since. He has missed only two matches, both against Marseille, omissions which were forced on the coach. The first was on a technicality. The match in February at the Stade Velodrome was rescheduled and the rules in Ligue 1 only permit the use of players who were in the squad at the time of the original date which was before Saliba arrived. The 3-0 win over Marseille that he missed last month was because he contracted COVID-19. But apart from that, he has been ever-present for every minute and consistently reliable.