Mikel Arteta has revealed that Arsenal’s star performer William Saliba didn’t train for TEN days before the Brentford clash.
The French defender broke the deadlock on Sunday afternoon with a perfectly placed header to send the Gunners on their way to a 3-0 victory over Thomas Frank’s side.
It was Saliba’s second Premier League goal having already netted during their 3-0 win at Bournemouth in August.
As well as netting the opener, the 21-year-old put in an outstanding defensive display to keep Ivan Toney and his Brentford teammates at bay, something that’s even more impressive given his recent fitness issues.
Speaking after the match, Arteta explained: “He was superb.
“He hasn’t trained for ten days because he had some discomfort, but he comes in and competes like that.
“Not only the goal and his defending but he does the ugly part of thegame that people won’t recognise. He deserves credit.”
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Saliba’s opener was followed up by goals from Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira who wrapped up the victory for the Gunners.
As a result, Arteta’s side will go into the international break in top spot in the top flight.