Gabriel hails centre-back partner William Saliba as ‘the best’

Arsenal centre-back Gabriel has lavished praise on defensive partner William Saliba, calling the young Frenchman ‘the best’ after his long-awaited Premier League debut on Friday.

Saliba joined Arsenal as a teenager in 2019 in a deal worth up to £27m but had never played a competitive first-team game for the club until he started against Crystal Palace.

It was a potential banana skin for the Gunners after what had been a very promising pre-season. But Saliba thrived under the pressure and rose to the occasion.

Arsenal kept Palace at bay, especially in the second half when the hosts grew…

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