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Arsenal’s William Saliba sets three ambitious targets after Virgil van Dijk inspiration

Arsenal’s William Saliba sets three ambitious targets after Virgil van Dijk inspiration

William Saliba is making a successful career out of setting himself big targets.

‌And this season is no different as his ambition is to help Arsenal go one better and win the title. But Saliba’s long-term goal is to become the No.1 centre half in the world which, judging by his current progress, should be within his grasp.

It is almost hard to believe Saliba is still only 22 because he is so composed, so strong physically and it is little wonder that he grew up watching and admiring Virgil van Dijk. France centre half Saliba said: “We are all competitors. I play in one of the best teams in the world so of course my dream is to become the best defender in the world.

I know I have a lot of work to do to improve my game but I have the right staff, the right environment to develop and so I will give everything to become one day the best centre back in the world.

I’ve watched great defenders down the years. Not a long time ago, I used to watch a lot of videos of Van Dijk and now I play in the same league. I’m still so impressed about him but I try to watch everyone, I try to learn from everyone and one day I become the model for others.”

Saliba is now established as a mainstay in Arsenal’s defence and has won 12 caps for France and admits that winning the Euros next summer is another big target. However, Saliba is determined that Arsenal build on last season’s title challenge and win the Premier League, although he believes the race will be tougher and more wide open this time.

Saliba is now established as a mainstay in Arsenal’s defence and has won 12 caps for France and admits that winning the Euros next summer is another big target. However, Saliba is determined that Arsenal build on last season’s title challenge and win the Premier League, although he believes the race will be tougher and more wide open this time.

Saliba said: “Because we have the experience of last season, of course we are better. Maybe we can go one better. It’s early to say that, we will take each game as it comes, then we will see at the end but we want to win every game.

think it will be tighter this year because everyone is so close at the top and I think it will be harder to win it than last season. But we are ready for that. We are all competitors, we want to win everything, win as much as possible.

It’s so intense, it’s the best league in the world and so every game is so hard to play but when you are a kid it’s always the dream to play in the Premier League so you have to enjoy it, to work hard and to develop.

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