Arsenal defender William Saliba has suggested that his performance for Marseille over the weekend against PSG was “the best game of [his] career”.
The centre-back joined the Gunners in 2019 for a fee of £27m. He is yet to make his senior debut for Arsenal.
Saliba has spent the last few years on loan in Ligue 1. After having spells at Saint-Ettiene and Nice, he joined Marseille on a season-long loan deal this summer.
The 20-year-old has impressed for Marseille this term. They sit fourth in the table after ten games.
Marseille drew 0-0 against PSG on Sunday evening. Achraf Hakimi was sent off for Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the second half.
The Arsenal youngster impressed as he kept the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe off the scoresheet.
As reported by the Metro, Saliba said after the game that it was “the best” performance of his career:
“I saw he made the call so I was like, ‘Either take the red or I take the ball’. I tackled the ball well so there you go,’ Saliba said.
“It’s the best game of my career, playing a Classico at the Velodrome with this atmosphere.
“Today we drew, it’s not that bad. We lacked a little efficiency, but from Wednesday we will try to bring all three points.
“It was a very good game, [PSG] scored the first offside goal, we equalised but that was also offside.
“It was a very good game with chances on both sides. With the red card, we hoped to bring back the three points but hey we drew. We must not be too downhearted and we must go forward.
“There is some regret because with the red card we would have hoped to take the three points, but we drew and it’s not that bad.
“They had the man sent off with 35 minutes left. At the start we had possession, then even with ten men they managed to gain some momentum,’ he went on.
“Up top they have the best players in the world and we had to stay focused. Even with a man down they managed to keep the ball and attack.
“The most important thing is that we didn’t concede a goal. Overall we had a good game.
“We showed a great spirit, we fought until the end and that’s what we want here.”