If anyone knows anything about being ‘not a great player’ it would be Sebastien Squillaci, the former Arsenal centreback.

The Frenchman allegedly told Zlatan Ibrahimovic that he’s ‘not a great player’ after the Swede had scored two goals to make sure Bastia lost the game.

Timing never was his strong suit.

Bastia's French defender Sebastien Squillaci (L) vies with Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the L1 football match Bastia (SCB) against Paris (PSG) on October 17, 2015, at the Armand Cesari stadium in Bastia, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA
Bastia’s French defender Sebastien Squillaci (L) vies with Paris Saint-Germain’s Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the L1 football match Bastia (SCB) against Paris (PSG) on October 17, 2015, at the Armand Cesari stadium in Bastia, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA

For some reason, something seems to happen to Squillaci when he faces PSG. It was against the same opponents that he saw red in the French League Cup final last season and stomped on Thiago Silva’s head.

This time, the stomping was all verbal, with his comments being reported as:

“You’re not a great player! You need to learn some respect!”

Squillaci signed for Arsenal in 2010 and remained at the club for three long, painful years.

Although initially not totally rubbish, by the time he left the club in 2013 he had truly fallen victim to the curse of the number 18 shirt.

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