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A series of statistics surrounding the defensive contributions of Arsenal loanee William Saliba with OGC Nice have come to the fore online this evening.

Allianz Riviera stint

French starlet Saliba has of course spent the last couple of months plying his trade in Ligue 1, with Les Aiglons.

This comes with the 20-year-old having endured an altogether disappointing opening half to the campaign in north London, during which he was restricted to outings with Arsenal’s youth sides.

Saliba has since, though, gone on to enjoy a solid stint back in his home country.

The former Saint-Etienne man has quickly established himself as a mainstay in Nice’s backline, forming an encouraging partnership with fellow loanee Jean-Clair Todibo.


William Saliba’s top-20 Ligue 1 stats highlighted following latest Nice clean sheet

Nice’s French defender William Saliba (L) is challenged by Metz’s French forward Thierry Ambrose during the French L1 football match between Football Club de Metz and OGC Nice at the Saint-Symphorien Stadium in Longeville-Les-Metz, eastern France on January 9, 2021. (Photo by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN / AFP) (Photo by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP via Getty Images)

All told, Saliba has notched 16 appearances across all competitions, including 14 Ligue 1 starts.

Saliba starring

The Arsenal loanee’s latest outing, meanwhile, came this afternoon, when Nice welcomed Reims to the southeast of France, for their 2nd fixture on the back of the international break.

An uninspired 90 minutes, all told, eventually resulted in both sides being forced to settle for a point, in a 0-0 stalemate.

Saliba, for his part, played all 90 minutes, stepping up to thoroughly impress following the interval, on the back of a somewhat hit-and-miss opening 45 minutes.

And, as outlined above, on the back of his latest encouraging display, a series of statistics have since come to the fore online, highlighting the true extent of the defensive starlet’s impact at Nice, since his return to Ligue 1:

Another clean sheet for Saliba – among Ligue 1 defenders he is currently top 20 in:

– Pass completion
– Duel success
– Recoveries per 90
– Shot blocks per 90
– Clearances per 90 https://t.co/5Vte8jQIAE

— James Benge (@jamesbenge) April 11, 2021


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