One of the revered qualities of a good defender is making last man tackles, playing from the back,aerial prowess and winning back possession etc. Today, I would like to dwell on one aspect that makes some defenders to stand out. It is: winning back possession.
Signed for around 27 million pounds by Emery in 2019, Saliba is quickly turning into one of the best defenders in the premier league this season. May be the lengthy loan spell proved to be trick for Arteta because at age 21, the Frenchman was swiftly integrated into the Arsenal backline and the Gunners defense has been transformed as a result.
Apart from one mistake he made against Leicester City, the Frenchman is enjoying life in the Arsenal colors. He has been paired with Gabriel at the centre back position for all the premier league matches this season. The pair appear to be forging a partnership that may grace the premier league for the next decade.
But how good has Saliba been when it comes to winning possession?Well, according to OptaJoe,the official company responsible for taking premier league stats, Saliba has won back possession this season more than any other defender in English top flight football. He has done it 71 times.
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