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How did Arsenal loanee William Saliba get on for Marseille on Thursday? French media reacts

Arsenal loanee William Saliba is making a real name for himself at Marseille.

Indeed, the Gunners defender has made a name for himself everywhere he’s played.

Except for the Emirates, it seems.

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Saliba joined Arsenal from Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2019 for £27million.

Arsenal loaned the 20-year-old back to Saint-Etienne for the remainder of the season, and went on to reach the French Cup final.

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He then arrived at the Emirates Stadium last summer to much fanfare, and it was hoped that he’d stake a claim for a first-team place.

However, Mikel Arteta had other ideas, and Saliba has yet to make his Arsenal debut at senior level.

Indeed, the Frenchman went out on loan again at the start of 2021, and enjoyed a successful stint at Nice.

Now at Marseille, Saliba has already played the full 90 minutes in four Ligue 1 games and one Europa League clash.

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And he did very well in the latter, shining in a 1-1 draw at Lokomotiv Moscow on Thursday evening.

Arsenal ace Saliba “cementing his place” in Marseille line-up

The French media lauded Saliba’s display.

Maxifoot wrote: “As since the start of the season, the centre-back on loan from Arsenal put in a serious performance.

“In the duels, the young French talent was dominant with several interventions in front of Kamano.

“In kickstarting attacks, he also combined well with his teammates thanks to the ball control of his team.

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“The former St-Etienne man was close to scoring on a header saved by Guilherme and was the author of a superb recovery en route to the penalty won by Under.”

Le Phoceen deemed Saliba one of the top players of the evening.

“He was dangerous on an offensive corner in the 39th,” they wrote.

“(Saliba was) at the start of the action that culminated in Under’s penalty, with a pinpoint pass for Guendouzi.

“He is cementing his place in the team.”

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