Former Premier League star, Clinton Morrison has insisted that William Saliba is just as important to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal as Declan Rice.

Morrison said that Rice has been outstanding for Arteta’s side but Saliba’s availability will be a decisive factor in their Premier League title race this term.

According to the former Republic of Ireland international, Saliba and Gabriel’s partnership is rock solid but Arsenal could struggle if the French defender suffers an injury setback.

“We spoke about Declan Rice, he has been outstanding. But another player who has been outstanding and they have to keep fit is Saliba,” Morrison said on Soccer Special on Sky Sports.

“Unbelievable. The partnership between him and Gabriel is brilliant.

“That is a protection (from Rice). But if they were to pick an injury to Saliba, then it is a struggle. You are then looking at who could come in.”

EPL: He’s unbelievable – Morrison names Arsenal player who’s important to Arteta

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