Loads of Arsenal fans are lauding a stat that emerged from Opta (via AFTV Media) about William Saliba, who will be playing for the north London club this season after his loan spell at Saint-Etienne ends.
As per the website, the 19-year old is the only outfield player in Europe to have played more than 900 minutes and not committed a single foul from his attempted challenges.
This has prompted lots of Gunners to react, and some have mocked Liverpool’s central defender Virgil Van Dijk because of it. Comparing the two men’s stats in their respective domestic leagues this season, Saliba actually averages more tackles, interceptions and dribbles per game, according to Whoscored.
The Frenchman also wins five duels and has 58.6 touches per match, whilst keeping three clean sheets in 12 appearances (via Sofascore). As per the website, Saliba makes 39.7 accurate passes per game at an 88 per cent success rate.
These AFC supporters lauded their man when they read the stat:
Even tho we kinda overhype thats a pretty impressive stat not gonna lie
— TGKafc (@KafcTg) May 4, 2020
The Mbappe of centre-backs
— Bhav (@bhav_chera11) May 4, 2020
Now that is what am talking about 😃😃😃 pic.twitter.com/FUt03vRAzg
— 🤜🏾segzybuoy🤛🏾 (@Segzybuoy) May 4, 2020
Can’t wait to see this kid in CB next season.
— That Gooner Bun (@KinshukaLucrin) May 4, 2020
Watch out Van Dijk.
— Stephen (@Stefan0vich) May 4, 2020
We have signed the younger and better version of Van Dijk
— Arsenalgungho.com (@Theeran09) May 4, 2020
The god of CB’s … Van dijk shaking as we speak
— JESSY🔴⚪ (@Torreira_Szn) May 4, 2020
Van Dijk is shaking as we speak..
— Moh rasheed (@Morasheed10) May 4, 2020
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