William Saliba ranks as one of the top Premier League centre-backs ever, surprising fans with his choice

William Saliba made an unexpected selection when asked to identify the best Premier League center-back of all time.

Saliba originally joined Arsenal in 2019 from French club Saint Etienne.

Following three loan stints away from the Emirates, Saliba emerged as one of Arsenal’s key players during the 22/23 season.

The 22-year-old played a crucial role in the Gunners’ unexpected challenge for the Premier League title, although they ultimately fell short as Manchester City claimed the championship.

In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Saliba was asked to rank the top three of all time in the Premier League.

Saliba was given three names, in the shapes of John Terry, Vincent Kompany and Rio Ferdinand.

The Frenchman picked Kompany as his number one, before putting Ferdinand second and Terry third.

Talking about his decision: “I watch clips of all three on YouTube, sometimes to learn.

“They are all good and it was hard to make a choice but I will probably start with Kompany, then Ferdinand and Terry third.”

Saliba was then asked to rank the current crops of centre-backs in the Premier League.

The Arsenal man opted to pick City defender Ruben Dias first, Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk second and Thiago Silva of Chelsea third.

Saliba said: “Normally, Van Dijk is the best during the last four years. But for me, the last two seasons the best was Ruben Dias.

“I think in the world, last season, Dias was the best for me. Right now, Dias, Van Dijk and then Silva.”

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He added: “I hope maybe I will be top three next three but right now, they are better than me.

“I hope one day I will be better than everyone here.”

Arsenal will be back in Premier League action this weekend as they take on Manchester United on Sunday.

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