Luiz ideal ‘role model’ for Sal­iba

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Sam Dean and Mike Mc­Grath

Wil­liam Sal­iba and Arse­nal’s other young de­fend­ers are lucky to have David Luiz to learn from, Mikel Arteta has said.

The Arse­nal man­ager be­lieves Luiz is the ideal “role model” for the likes of Sal­iba, 19, who is likely to make his com­pet­i­tive de­but against Le­ices­ter City in the Carabao Cup tonight. Sal­iba was signed for £25mil­lion in the sum­mer of 2019, but was sub­se­quently loaned back to St-Eti­enne for the sea­son.

“I think he [Luiz] is a re­ally good role model for them,” said Arteta. “For who David is as a per­son and as a player and ev­ery­thing he has achieved in the game, I think they are lucky to have him around.”

On Sal­iba’s lack of first-team ac­tion so far, Arteta added: “I think Wil­liam is do­ing re­ally well. He is adapt­ing to the coun­try, adapt­ing to our club. We have to bear in mind that he had a re­ally chal­leng­ing sea­son last year with the amount of in­juries that he had.”

Arteta, who won back-to-back league cups as part of Manch­ester City’s coach­ing team, has promised to field his “strong­est pos­si­ble team”.

Arse­nal have com­pe­ti­tion from a Cham­pi­ons League club in the race for French mid­fielder Houssem Aouar, who will wait be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion on his fu­ture.

Lyon direc­tor Jun­inho con­firmed last week that Arteta was an ad­mirer of the player, 22, and the Ligue 1 club are braced for bids in the fi­nal two weeks of the sum­mer trans­fer win­dow.

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