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'War' - Arsenal star William Saliba sends Man City warning ahead of next season

William Saliba
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Arsenal centre-back William Saliba has sent Manchester City a warning ahead of next season.

Mikel Arteta's side challenged City for the Premier League title for the second year in a row, taking the title race to the final day of the season. Only two points separated the sides as City's victory against West Ham on the final day was enough to see them claim their fourth league title in a row.

Saliba played a huge part in the Gunners' campaign this year after being included in the PFA Team of the Year in the 2022/23 season. This term, he played every single minute in the Premier League and Arsenal conceded just 29 goals.

Ahead of the European Championships in Germany, Saliba spoke with French publication L'Equipe and believes that Arsenal are nearing the levels of Manchester City.

"We played against them three times [last season] and we made them struggle," he said. "They feel and we feel that we are close to them. Next year, we will have an even better war."

Being an ever-reliable and consistent player, he also insisted that he is in the top three current Premier League defenders after another brilliant campaign at the Emirates Stadium. "I think I am in the top three [defenders in the league]," he added.

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"We finished with the best defence, I watch a lot of matches. I am a very humble person but last season, just like this season, I am in the top three defenders.

"I need to continue to work to go even higher, but in terms of concentration, I am a lot better. Before, I could play a top match but in one phase of play, I slept a bit. That is no longer the case. I am always on alert."