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Ferdinand snubs Arsenal star Saliba and names best Premier League centre-back

Ferdinand snubs Arsenal star Saliba and names best Premier League centre-back

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, despite offering high praise for Arsenal defender William Saliba, has opted not to name him as the Premier League’s best center-bac

The Gunners defeated Manchester City 1-0 on Sunday, moving up to joint-top of the Premier League alongside arch-rivals Tottenham and displacing the defending champions.

Saliba, alongside his defensive partner Gabriel Magalhaes, delivered a solid performance, effectively containing Erling Haaland and other Manchester City attackers for the majority of the match. 


Over the weekend, Gary Neville emphasized the importance of Saliba, Gabriel, and Declan Rice as Mikel Arteta’s three key players if Arsenal intends to sustain a title challenge this season.

Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand, after showing his son a clip of Saliba’s defensive prowess against Haaland, has lavished praise on the Arsenal center-back.

“I have to say I watched the game and Saliba, it’s these games where you see if the boys have got the temperament and that counts for a lot in these big games,” Ferdinand told Vibe with Five.

“He’s cool as you like with and without the ball. I don’t think he’s been dribbled past in eight games. There was one moment I stopped the game and rewound it for me son because he plays centre back.

“I said ‘watch this’! The ball gets played and he’s on the halfway line with Haaland. He’s giving all centre backs sleepless nights based on what he did last season. Saliba, the last person he saw before he went to sleep wouldn’t have been his missus, it would’ve been Haaland’s face.

“Halfway line, someone plays the ball beyond the back four. As it’s being played him and Haaland are shoulder to shoulder and he just bounces him, Haaland goes over.

“Those little details, don’t put me in foot race, don’t need to, I could, but I don’t need to. He’s got little dark arts he’s introduced to his game. He seems cute around the box as well he’s calm under pressure, he’s happy to have the responsibility of hoofing the ball out at times.

“Him and Gabriel’s partnership is really blossoming I don’t think he does what he does without a good partner so you have to give Gabriel his flowers as well. He is the A-side in that partnership.”

Ferdinand doesn’t believe that Saliba is presently the Premier League’s top center-back; instead, he regards Manchester City’s John Stones as the deserving holder of that distinction.

Ferdinand added: “John Stones is the best centre-half in the Premier League at the moment. Defensively he was going back into the back four.

“John Stones, no other centre-half in the Premier League did what John Stones did last season. He could be in the arguement, he’s such a different player, he’s brought more to the position because he’s being asked to. John Stones right now he looks so composed with the authority he plays with.”

Ferdinand snubs Arsenal star Saliba and names best Premier League centre-back

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