Arsenal fans should not play down the importance of keeping Nelson and Saliba

Arsenal fans are currently experiencing a great deal of excitement and joy as their club continues to make impressive signings in the ongoing transfer window. The arrival of Jurrien Timber, Declan Rice, and Kai Havertz has certainly caught the attention of supporters, and they are relishing these new additions to the squad.

However, amidst these high-profile signings, Arsenal is also focusing on securing the futures of some of their existing players, namely Reiss Nelson and William Saliba. The club has reportedly reached agreements to extend their contracts, ensuring their presence at Arsenal for another four years.

Despite these contract renewals being positive developments for the club, it appears that the news hasn’t received the reception it deserves from fans. The excitement generated by the high-profile signings may have overshadowed the importance of securing the long-term futures of their talented young players.

While the enthusiasm around new signings is natural, it is crucial to recognise the efforts made to retain and develop promising talents within the club.

Journalist Dean Jones says the news is the icing on an already sweet cake. He tells Give Me Sport: “Yeah, I mean it’s probably a little bit hard to get excited about contract when Arsenal are still making such big moves in the transfer market. 

“But I guess, you know, big deals for Saliba and Nelson would really be the icing on the cake among the big transfer announcements.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

You can’t blame us for not being so excited that our club is signing some new players because we have been starved of fine signings for a long time.

We expect the old and new players to be in superb form at the start of the next campaign.

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  1. Jeez, there was me thinking we made three big signings in Jesus, Zinchenko and Trossard, along with the new contracts for Martinelli and Saka!!

    I guess “being starved of fine signings for a long time” must mean in the last six to twelve months then?

    By the way and yet again, Saliba has not officially signed his new contract, while the club has announced that Nelson has signed his… perhaps that’s why fans are not saying too much until the club itself announces that Saliba has signed?
    At least that’s what I’m waiting for, before I pat myself on the back.

    1. I don’t get the Nelson signing but Ornstein saying Saliba being announced tomorrow Ken. That great news, if announced.

      1. I agree Reggie, that will be a “fine signing”.

        Nelson? I can only assume MA has seen enough to warrant a four year contract, but I hope he gives Balogun a chance to impress in our preseason games before making the decision to sell him.

        1. Im not sure Balogun is quite as simple as that. I think he wants to play and he knows the score as far as, he wont. I think (and hope) Balogun will be sold for a good fee and that will go towards a top class replacement. That funnily enough will suit both Arsenal and Balogun.

  2. Saliba – Yes, 100%.

    Nelson? There is something there, but is it title-winning stuff, or is it just the odd eye-catching cameo? We’ve had lots of those type of players at Arsenal over the years and they don’t win you anything. Is Nelson another one of those?

  3. Well as for Nelson, he presses all the good buttons when talking. The most important thing does he translate that on the pitch. Well, he’s provided with another chance to demonstrate his words on the field of play.

  4. What I like most about the Nelson deal is that I expect it to signal a new dawn at Arsenal where players no longer leave on a free because of tardiness in the handling of contracts.

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