Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to react after Marseille posted a tweet about William Saliba, following their 0-0 draw with Paris Saint-Germain.
What’s the story?
Well, the 20-year-old Arsenal man delivered a phenomenal display for the French giants, as he shut out Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
The Gunners wonderkid, signed by Unai Emery for £27m, joined Marseille on a season-long loan back in July as Mikel Arteta decided he needed to gain more experience.
Under Jorge Sampaoli, he is getting exactly that.
As Marseille tweeted, Saliba completed 96.6% of his passes against Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and also won 80% of his duels.
🔒 𝙼𝙰𝚂𝚃𝙴𝚁𝙲𝙻𝙰𝚂𝚂 🔒— Olympique de Marseille 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 (@OM_English) October 25, 2021
𝗪𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗯𝗮 did it all on Sunday: 96.6% passing, 80% duels won, 65 balls played.pic.twitter.com/gUBKtDjnvk
It was a colossal display, with one Arsenal fan below writing that he reminded them of Virgil van Dijk.
Another described the Frenchman as an ‘unbelievable’ footballer.
Arsenal must use William Saliba next season
In our view, Arteta would be mad to send Saliba away from the Emirates Stadium again next season.
He looks more than ready to compete with Ben White and Gabriel Magalhães in north London.
Saliba looks extremely calm and tidy in possession, so even if Arteta opts for two centre-backs, we feel the youngster could even do a job in front of White and Gabriel as a defensive midfielder.
His talent opens many doors for him, and the Gunners need to start making the most of their big-money signing.
If Arteta can’t see what Saliba is capable of, that is a real concern.
For now, let’s see what the Arsenal fans on Twitter have been saying about the tweet from Marseille…
Had he not left, he wouldn't have this chance to play in this type of game. This was his coming out party and he is showing that he will stake a claim to playing at Arsenal or being the player sold to bring in a sizable fee (I still think he wants to stay in France) https://t.co/uX2D0YzFOU— You Are My Arsenal (@YouAreMyArsenal) October 25, 2021
Unbelievable footballer https://t.co/WHrISuZ2dT— PME 🚭 (@mariEscobarSimp) October 25, 2021
We are going to lose him to a big team https://t.co/LlJkuwxOcT— Mzee Edd 🇰🇪 (@005e5n) October 26, 2021
Do you know how much this kills me? Saliba is truly one of the best defenders in his age group and certain fans told us he was struggling at arsenal u23s https://t.co/38NSvBTaiJ— Ibay (@therealiqqy) October 26, 2021
Seems like we might have a dilemma with White, Gabriel and this guy https://t.co/KJBFULaQlu— Hugpocalypse Now (@MightyGooner81) October 26, 2021
Reminds me of Van Dijk. The future for our defense looks great https://t.co/CvWLuQXupI— Saucy (@SaucyAFC) October 25, 2021