William Saliba is ‘a concern’ for Arsenal because he gets out-muscled too easily, claims club legend Tony Adams ahead of crucial clash against Man City – and says he ‘worries’ whether he can handle Erling Haaland
- William Saliba had a difficult game against Brentford’s Ivan Toney on Saturday
- Tony Adams is concerned that strikers are capable of out-muscling the defender
- The Gunners icon is unsure whether Saliba can handle Man City’s Erling Haaland
Arsenal legend Tony Adams has admitted that he has some concerns about William Saliba ahead of his former club’s top-of-the-table clash with Manchester City on Wednesday night.
Saliba has been a revelation for Arsenal this season after returning from a loan spell at Marseille, quickly establishing himself as a key player in Mikel Arteta’s starting XI.
His performances have seen the Gunners move to the top of the table, but they have picked up just one point from their last two games and looked susceptible from set-pieces.
Adams feels Saliba has some issues with the physical side of the game, and was particularly worried by what he saw from the Frenchman when he went up against Ivan Toney in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Brentford on Saturday.
‘I do have a bit of a concern about centre-back William Saliba after watching Ivan Toney giving him a going over at the weekend,’ Adams told The Sun.
William Saliba endured a tough game against Brentford striker Ivan Toney on Saturday
Tony Adams is concerned that Saliba can be out-muscled too easily by opposition strikers
Adams expects Saliba to have a difficult time containing Manchester City’s Erling Haaland
‘He’s a lovely footballer who is quick, tidies up well and doesn’t go to ground a lot. Back in my day he might have been a central midfield player.’
Saliba is set to face another physical battle when he goes up against Erling Haaland at the Emirates Stadium, should the Norwegian forward pass a fitness test after going off injured in City’s win over Aston Villa on Sunday.
If Arsenal lose they will surrender top spot to City, albeit they will still have a game in hand on their title rivals.
Adams expects the match to be a major challenge for Arteta’s men, and is unsure whether Saliba and his centre-back partner Gabriel will have enough to keep Haaland quiet.
‘The jury is still out on the Frenchman because he can get out-muscled and there is a worry whether he and Gabriel can handle Erling Haaland if the City striker is passed fit to play,’ Adams added.
‘If Arsenal are going to win the league, then Haaland will be their ultimate test.’
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