For the 19-year-old Saliba, the start of the 2020-21 season is difficult. The 19-year-old has not been favored by Arsenal coach Arteta, has not played for the Gunners first team, and has not even entered the Europa League entry list. So, where is the problem? What kind of player is Saliba? This article is an analysis of the current situation and prospects of Saliba.
As the video of the Premier League U23 league is too difficult to find, I cannot analyze the state of Saliba after arriving at Arsenal, but I am familiar with his performance in St. Etienne before arriving at Arsenal.
Saliba is taller and thinner, but in fact, his core strength is good. He is not the kind of bamboo pole-type vase guard. On the contrary, his defensive hardness is quite good. Last season, his opponent success rate was 63 %, this data can be said to be ideal. In terms of confrontation, Saliba has little problem adapting to the Premier League, he only needs to gain muscle properly. In addition, his sense of grabbing and stealing skills are also good, he is very good at using his leg length advantage to steal, the effect is also very outstanding.
However, Saliba still has some problems in defensive skills. He turns slowly, but he is very keen to defend forward and take the initiative to attack. Therefore, sometimes there is a risk of being passed by a dexterous offensive player. In the face of Gerson Martins, who likes to stop and spin, Saliba's shortcomings will become obvious.
What needs to be pointed out is that Saliba turned slowly and his flexibility was not outstanding, but his absolute speed was quite fast. Faced with the fast horses Thuram and Bamba, who like to walk in a straight line, he did not lose in absolute speed. It also has the highlight moment of single defense against Saint Maxime.
In addition, it must be said that many fans have a misunderstanding about Saliba’s ability to compete for the top, because whoscored's evaluation of Saliba’s for the top is super weak at the beginning, but in fact, Saliba’s ability to compete for the top is Yes, his success rate for the top last season reached 63%. The reason for the "super weak" evaluation is entirely because Salibadeiban passed the full-back when he debuted, which caused the average number of tops per game to be seriously reduced. In fact, his ability to dominate the air is still very good.
另外，必须说，很多粉丝对萨利巴争夺顶尖的能力有误解，因为一开始whoscored对萨利巴争夺顶尖的评价是非常微弱的，但是实际上，萨利巴争夺顶尖的能力是肯定的。 ，他的上赛季最高成绩成功率达到了63％。 “超级弱”评价的原因完全是因为萨利巴迪班出道时就通过了边后卫，这使得每场比赛的平均上场次数大大减少。实际上，他的空中统治能力仍然非常出色。
Of course, being able to compete for the top does not mean that you have absolute control over the high ball in the air. Saliba can grab the first point, but the control of the second landing point is more general. He can top the ball, but sometimes can’t top the ball. Safe area.
After talking about the defensive level, let's talk about Saliba's foot technique. A big selling point of Saliba's debut is the ball and ball control skills. He has served as a right back for a long time in his youth training career. He has a solid basic skills at the foot, which also makes him very confident in his skills. In the Ligue 1 league, we can always see Saliba twisting his huge body and pushing the ball forward. Under the premise of the lack of propelling ability in the midfield of the Green Army last season, Saliba's holding the ball has actually played a role. Not a small effect, many times he can get the ball through the middle circle and send good quality long passes.
在讨论防守水平之后，让我们谈谈萨利巴的足部技术。 Saliba首次亮相的一大卖点是控球和控球技巧。在青年训练生涯中，他长期担任右后卫。他的脚底技能很扎实，这也使他对自己的技巧很有信心。在Ligue 1联赛中，我们总能看到Saliba扭动他巨大的身体并向前推进。在上赛季绿军中场缺乏推进能力的前提下，萨利巴的控球实际上起到了作用。影响不小，很多时候他可以使球通过中圈并传出高质量的长传。
But success is technology, and failure is technology. The advantage of Saliba is its good technology, but its disadvantage is also the "good" technology. In many cases, the French teenager is too obsessed with the ball. In the face of a pressing opponent, Saliba cannot play the ball at the first time. Instead, he likes to show off his skills and even lead the ball to a dead end. In the end, he can only make a hasty clearance. This may not be a problem in Ligue 1, but in the European arena and the Premier League, he will definitely be taught how to behave.
但是成功是技术，失败是技术。 Saliba的优点是其良好的技术，但缺点也在于“好的”技术。在许多情况下，这位法国少年对球过于着迷。面对紧迫的对手，Saliba不能在第一时间踢球。相反，他喜欢炫耀自己的技能，甚至将球带入死胡同。最后，他只能匆匆过关。在Ligue 1中这可能不是问题，但是在欧洲赛场和英超联赛中，他肯定会被教如何做事。
For the current Arsenal team, Arteta has many choices in the central defender position. In the left central defender position, the new aid Gabriel will be the first choice for the Spaniard. In addition, when playing three central defenders, Ti Ernie can also play as a full-back. At the right center position, Arteta trusts Holding and David Luiz more than Saliba (more experience and more prominent performance in training), which is completely understandable. In addition, Mustafi's pick is also ahead of Saliba. The competition facing Saliba is quite fierce, so it is understandable that he cannot enter the big list. Holding is now out of injury for a month, and it is possible that Saliba will gradually enter the roster in the next game and even start the League Cup.
Although there is no chance to play now, it does not mean that Saliba has been given up. On the contrary, the Frenchman's potential is quite outstanding (I personally think his potential is not worse than Leicester City's 35 million Mr. Fofana), the club has spent a lot of money for him, and will naturally focus on training him.
However, at present, Arsenal’s first team’s center-back configuration is still relatively rich. Although the Gunners’ defensive strength is not outstanding, but at the right center position, Louis and Holding are all fighters with a certain level of strength. The position is currently behind these two (maybe also behind Mustafi), so the probability that he will be the main player in Arsenal this season is unlikely. It is a good choice to return to the Green Army on loan in winter, and it is also a good choice to rent Fulham to gradually adapt to the Premier League.
By the summer of 2021, Saliba may be able to find his place in the Gunners, when Mustafi and Papasta Sopoulos, who are no longer in the plan, the contract expires, and David Luiz is 34 years old and the contract will come. In the period, Arsenal's right centre-back will only be left with Holding and Chambers. By then, Saliba will have the opportunity to directly become the rotation and even the main force.
到2021年夏天，当不再在计划中的Mustafi和Papasta Sopoulos合同到期，Salida也许可以找到他在枪手中的位置，而大卫·路易斯（David Luiz）已有34岁，合同将要签订。在此期间，阿森纳的右后卫只会留给霍丁和钱伯斯。届时，Saliba将有机会直接成为轮值甚至主力军。