Impressive William Saliba stat emerges after Arsenal defender notches 10 league appearances for Nice

Saliba’s Arsenal struggles

Arsenal secured Williams Saliba’s services in the summer of 2019. The Gunners are believed to have forked over around £27m for the centre-back.

Despite the hefty fee, Arsenal are yet to hand Saliba a senior appearance.

2019/20 saw the young stopper loaned back out to St Etienne. And when he returned to Arsenal over the summer, Saliba once again saw his opportunities limited.

The Frenchman was left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad, which seemed an odd decision given the Gunners had a fairly weak group and there was most defiantly a couple of games which would have been perfect for Saliba to earn some minutes in.

Mikel Arteta, at the time, stated that he felt bad for Saliba:

“I feel really bad for William Saliba. Because we had so many central defenders, we decided to leave him out of the squad which was really hurtful for me to do.”

But in the first half of 2020/21, Arteta did not hand Saliba a single senior appearance in any competition, with the 19-year-old instead limited to under-23 outings.

Saliba impressing with Nice

This eventually led to Saliba being allowed to leave the north London outfit on loan in the winter window:

Since joining Nice, Saliba has gone on to impress with the French outfit.

Nice do struggle to keep clean sheets, but Saliba’s individual displays have been pretty promising on the whole.

Saliba would be voted Nice’s Player of the Month for January.

And now, after his side’s latest win over Rennes, an impressive statistic surrounding the Arsenal loanee has come to light.

As per Squawka, Saliba has now played 10 games for Nice since joining on loan from Arsenal in January and no opposition player has successfully dribbled past him.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 25 35 59
2 Manchester United FC 25 21 49
3 Leicester City FC 25 17 49
4 West Ham United FC 25 10 45
5 Chelsea FC 25 16 43
6 Liverpool FC 25 11 40
7 Everton FC 24 4 40
8 Aston Villa FC 23 11 36
9 Tottenham Hotspur FC 24 10 36
10 Leeds United 25 0 35
11 Arsenal FC 25 5 34
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 25 -6 33
13 Crystal Palace FC 25 -14 32
14 Southampton FC 25 -12 30
15 Burnley FC 25 -12 28
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 25 -6 26
17 Newcastle United FC 25 -17 25
18 Fulham FC 25 -11 22
19 West Bromwich Albion 25 -36 14
20 Sheffield United FC 25 -26 11
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 15
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 11
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 8
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United FC 7

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