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WILLIAM SALIBA has been likened to Rio Ferdinand after his man of the match display against Crystal Palace on his Arsenal debut.

The 21-year-old, who joined from Saint-Etienne in 2019, was the standout performer at Selhurst Park in the Gunners' 2-0 away win.

3Arsenal defender William Saliba starred in the 2-0 win away at Crystal PalaceCredit: PA 3Saliba was the standout performer at Selhurst Park on his Gunners debutCredit: AFP

William Salibas Premier League debut for Arsenal:

100% take-ons completed
100% aerial duels won
94% pass accuracy
49 passes
7 ball recoveries
6 passes into final third
6 clearances
3 duels won
0x dribbled past
0 goals conceded
0 fouls committed

Worth the wait.

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After three loan spells away from the Emirates, Saliba looked as though he had been performing at the highest level for years.

And his display had Manchester United legend Gary Neville fawning over the French centre-back in Arsenal's gritty London derby victory.

The Sky Sports pundit: "I was massively impressed by him. He reminded me of a young Rio Ferdinand.

"He’s such a young defender at 21. Getting through that second half, when Arsenal weren’t at their best, would have been the most pleasing thing for Mikel Arteta."

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His colleague Jamie Carragher, who named Saliba as his man of the match, was equally as effusive in his praise.

He remarked: "It's not easy for any defender coming here but William Saliba has been excellent, he really has."

Before adding: "You can argue was it right to put him out [on loan], but a 21-year-old playing centre-back in the Premier League - do you want to be doing that when you’re 19, 20?

"It’s not easy, but he looked the real deal."

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Speaking after the match, Arteta insisted Carragher was correct in naming Saliba the man of the match.

He stated: "Rightly so, I thought he was superb tonight."

Saliba was delighted at finally making his Arsenal debut, as he said: "I've waited a long time for this moment and I'm happy to start my first game with a win and a clean sheet.

“It helped me to spend two years on loan in France because I’m young and I need to play. Now I’m back and I hope we can have a good season.”

On the win, he declared: "It was hard but we are happy to win today. We conceded some chances but we were strong and solid.

“It’s the first game. We knew it would be hard here so we stayed compact and strong, and that’s good for the team. It's important to win for confidence."

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Man charged with murder of girl, 13, after ‘ramming car into a crowd of people’

A DRIVER has been charged with murder after he allegedly hit and killed a 13-year-old girl in Australia.

A 52-year-old man allegedly drove his car into a crowd at in Mount Isa, north-west Queensland, in the early hours of Saturday.

1Emergency services rushed to the suburb of Pioneer in Mount Isa early this morningCredit: Google Maps

It is claimed there was a large disturbance in the suburb of Pioneer involving multiple people at around 2am.

It is further alleged that a man drove a vehicle directly into the group, striking the 13-year-old.

Emergency services rushed to her help, but the teen could sadly not be saved.

The unnamed girl died of significant head injuries at the scene, police confirmed.

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The man who was charged with murder, a local, will appear in court on Monday.

Meanwhile police are investigating the incident and speaking to several families in the community.

Detective Inspector Dave Barron said: "I can assure the community that we are taking this matter very seriously and investigating this intensively."

"Our sympathy goes out to the family and the community who are feeling … grief at this time."

Police have urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online.

A local told the Courier Mail her shock at the incident.

She said: "It's one of those things that really shakes you.

"It would be horrible regardless of who was involved but when it's a young girl it is really bad."

Tragically, this is the town's second hit-and-run of the weekend, after two pedestrians were hospitalised by a stolen vehicle in the early hours of Friday.

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