πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ William Saliba watch: Progress report & upcoming Nice fixtures
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πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ William Saliba watch: Progress report & upcoming Nice fixtures

Arsenal fans will no doubt be keen to hear about how William Saliba is doing over in France while the young French defender spends a season-long loan with Nice.

Saliba is spending the remainder of the 2020-21 campaign with the Ligue 1 outfit with the intention of getting regular playing time, and time is very much on the 19-year-old's side.

The centre-back has made two Ligue 1 appearances for Nice, away from home against Brest and Metz. Nice doesn't look in immediate danger of a relegation scrap but they'll be keen to open up more of a gap on the drop zone; they currently occupy 13th position, some nine points clear of the bottom three.

Saliba produced an encouraging display in Nice's 1-1 draw at Metz where he made a crucial intervention late on in the contest to preserve a point for his side. Saliba was also named as the man of the match. That followed a debut against Brest in which Saliba made the most successful passes and ball recoveries out of any Nice player. 

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Much is expected of the talented teenager after his £27m move to North London back in July 2019. He's yet to make a first-team appearance for the Gunners, but Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will be confident that he'll return ready for first-team action in 2021-22. Saliba's stats in 2019-20 were rather impressive, and they raise the prospects of a top-class long-term partnership alongside Gabriel in the centre of Arsenal's defence.

Nice face a tricky run of fixtures which includes a meeting with Saliba's old club Saint-Etienne, in-form Monaco and champions PSG. It's a sequence of tests in which we should find out what William Saliba is made of at this level.

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