Thiago Silva vs William Saliba: William Gallas reveals the better defender

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Former Arsenal and Chelsea defender, William Gallas has shared his thoughts over the debate of who the Premier League’s best defender currently is.

For Arsenal fans, William Saliba is undoubtedly the best in the division, having watched him help the Gunners to the top of the table— alongside Tottenham this season. The Frenchman’s growing reputation was further-boosted by his fine display against Manchester City last two weeks, where he pretty much ensured Erling Haaland didn’t get a sniff of the ball.

But for all the praise he has received for his performances in an Arsenal shirt, Gallas, who is an ardent follower of the Premier League is adamant there are better defenders than the 22-year-old.

He told Lord Ping: “Thiago Silva comes to mind when thinking about truly world-class defenders.

“He was great in the past, and he’s great now, even at his age. I also like Josko Gvardiol, and he’s a great example of a player who adapted to a new system straight away.

“Look at how he plays now compared to how he played at RB Leipzig – the way he’s adapted is unbelievable and he’s a world-class defender.

“There’s also Raphael Varane. He may not be at his best at the moment, but what he’s achieved speaks for itself.

“Virgil van Dijk is great, too, even if he’s not quite been the same since his injury. He was top-class back then, but he’s making some mistakes now. He’s not perfect, but he’s still very good.”