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William Saliba finally made his Arsenal debut on Friday night.

Arsenal started their Premier League campaign with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

Saliba has been among Arsenal’s top performers throughout the pre-season campaign, and his solid, dominant performance at Selhurst Park is not entirely surprising.

Despite joining the North London side over three years ago, this was the 21-year-old’s competitive debut at the Emirates Stadium – and it was well worth the wait.

Saliba enjoyed two excellent spells on loan in Ligue 1 – including Marseille last season – and those spells appear to have prepared him sufficiently for England’s top flight.

The France international was so impressive to Mikel Arteta, in fact, that the Spanish coach played him in the center of defense before Ben White last night, with the England player having to play as right-back instead.

And Gary Neville talks to Sky Sports Last night, he claims the truth is an achievement in itself, considering how good White – Arsenal’s £50m signing – was last season.

Pointing to the team paper, he said before the Palace win, referring to the team paper: “Every team has to be strong defensively. Mikel Arteta can’t stand a fluctuating defense all the time. Saliba, pushing Ben White, signing 50 million pounds, to the right-back is an achievement in itself.”

It will be great to see what Arteta will do over the coming weeks, when Takehiro Tomiyasu is back in fitness again.

There is no denying that the Japan international is Arsenal’s best choice at right-back, but if Saliba continues to impress alongside Gabriel Magalhaes, it is very likely that White will find himself on the bench for some time from now on.

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