Arsenal told William Saliba he ‘made better all the players around him’

Dion Dublin has explained that ‘all the players’ at Arsenal have improved following the arrival of William Saliba.

The 22-year-old originally joined Arsenal in 2019 but only made his senior debut on the opening day of that season at Crystal Palace.

Either way, Arsenal fans were well worth the wait as William Saliba was one of their best players.

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That’s proven by his absence in recent weeks, which has seen the Gunners fail to win in four games, including a loss at Manchester City.

Former Aston Villa and Manchester United forward Dublin spoke about Saliba being a failure for Mikel Arteta and what he brought to the table, he told Football Focus.

“He came in and made a good pass,” Dublin said. “I think all the players around Saliba got better because he played.

“But with him not being available, the relationships and the formations just haven’t worked for them.”

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Jakub Kiwior was brought in during the January transfer window but was hardly used by Arteta in Saliba’s absence.

Instead, Rob Holding has stepped in and it’s been suggested Arsenal “don’t trust” the Polish defender, which is why he won’t play.

But should Arsenal look to another proven CB in the summer? Holding, which has come under fire in recent weeks, is clearly in need of an upgrade.

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