Comparing William Saliba’s stats at Nice to Arsenal’s current CB options

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After leaving Arsenal to join Nice on loan in January, William Saliba is once again back shining in Ligue 1.

Arsenal have high hopes for Saliba, but the centre-back failed to convince Mikel Arteta he is ready for life in the Premier League and was left out of the Gunners’ competitive squads for the first half of the 2020-21 season before his switch to Nice.

The 19-year-old was named Nice’s Player of the Month for January, and we’ve compared his stats in Ligue 1 to the corresponding Premier League figures of Arteta’s current centre-back options: Gabriel Magalhaes, David Luiz and Rob Holding. Pablo Mari has been excluded due to a lack of minutes.

Successful tackles per 90
Rob Holding – 1.4
Gabriel – 1.1
William Saliba – 0.9
David Luiz – 0.6

Tackle success rate
William Saliba – 100%
David Luiz – 100%
Gabriel – 73.3%
Rob Holding – 70%

Successful aerial duels per 90
Gabriel – 2.7
Rob Holding – 2.6
William Saliba – 1.5
David Luiz – 1.5

Aerial duel success rate
William Saliba – 65.2%
Gabriel – 61.4%
David Luiz – 57.7%
Rob Holding – 53%

Interceptions per 90
Gabriel – 1.6
William Saliba – 1.3
Rob Holding – 0.9
David Luiz – 0.9

Shots blocked per 90
Gabriel – 1.0
Rob Holding – 0.7
David Luiz – 0.7
William Saliba – 0.6

Clearances per 90
William Saliba – 4.8
Rob Holding – 4.4
Gabriel – 3.1
David Luiz – 2.9

Fouls per 90
David Luiz – 1.1
Gabriel – 1.0
Rob Holding – 0.8
William Saliba – 0.8

Passing accuracy
William Saliba – 89.9%
Rob Holding – 86.7%
Gabriel – 86.4%
David Luiz – 84.1%

Goals
Gabriel – 2
William Saliba – 0
Rob Holding – 0
David Luiz – 0

Assists
Rob Holding – 1
William Saliba – 0
Gabriel – 0
David Luiz – 0

If you’re interested in football betting, do you like what you see enough from Saliba to back Nice in Ligue 1?


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