Arsenal reportedly closing in on new 5 year contract for William Saliba

Arsenal close to reaching an agreement with Saliba

According to football journalist Rudy Galetii, Arsenal are close to reaching an agreement with their 21-year-old center back William Saliba on a new deal.

Despite joining the Gunners in the summer of 2019 in a multi-million-pound deal from French outfit St. Etienne, the player was loaned out for three successive seasons.

Many believed that it was a testament to manager Mikel Arteta’s nominal faith in the French youngster and feared that he would be moved on in the summer of 2022.

However, Saliba stayed despite interest from whole host of clubs across Europe. And now he is flourishing in Arsenal colours.

The defender has become a mainstay in Arteta’s backline, in which he has kept three clean sheets and scored twice in seven league appearances.

His performances in England were rewarded with another call-up to the French national squad and he looks likely to make the cut for the upcoming World Cup in Didier Deschamps squad.

Keeping the youngster at our home base was Arteta and technical director Edu’s top priorities last summer. Now the team is reaping the rewards of more squad depth after his and Oleksandr Zinchenko’s arrival.

Whereas the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira have already made an impact upfront. Fans would hope that the current run which they are in, that has them pinned them at the top of the Premier League chart, is the start of something great.

Yash Bisht

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14 Comments

  1. Bit by bit, one after another, all the pieces that make a complete jigsaw are being seamlessly slotted together under the astute duet of Arteta and Edu.

    MOST of us can see that very clearly.

    1. Yes an invincible-like formula: piece by piece to have a brillant jigsaw….If We can keep these lads together…ho m’y dear!!!!

  2. Saliba, Then Saka and last Martinelli.

    All new 5 year deals, then have a look at Thomas Parteys deal with a view to an extension.

    1. I say we sell Partey and try to move on from him. Soon going to be 30 years old, always injured and also very inconsistent or underwhelming a lot of the time.

      We should be looking at moving from Partey..

  3. All looking bright for the future of our club. Young, talented and experienced players being retained for the long term.

  4. Having him and Zinchenko has made a huge difference

    Last season we had a great back four but – sorry to Holding and Cedric – the back up was not near the same level

    Now we have six players competing for four spots and most of them are versatile enough to play in several positions.

    Tomi is the only one losing out at the moment but it is a long season

  5. Give Saliba SIX years with a very good salary of at least 150k per week. I also agreed that party’s injury is a big problem. He needs a replacement or a strong backup. We are going places.

    1. 150k?? Really?? What kinda message would that send to the likes of Bukayo and Martinelli who are arguably more important

  6. Hopefully an extension to his contract comes to fruition. He has begun his ‘full time’ career with us this season in fine form.
    I rarely commented on Saliba or his time in France, nor with the posts that accused Arteta of mismanagement towards him. None of us could possibly know the truth about how the club managed his time in France or what their plans were

    1. Sue P those posts youi mention were almoest all from anti MA regulars awho had sich as OBVIOUS anti MA agenda of their own They all look incredibly foolish now. They did back then to those of who had vision and could see MA threal deal. I say that despite MA certainly making many mistakes intactics shape etc whil ehe was learning on tht job But he plainly always had the balls for the job He had the dynamism that is vital and the intolerance of coasters and trouble makers that WENGER SO SADLY LACKED IN HIS LAST SEVERAL YEARS, of basically a full last decade.

      You cannot hope to be truly succesful, unless every single player, coach and the manager is pulling 100% IN THE SAME RIGHT DIRECTION.

      I could always see that would be the outcome and so I stayed with MA, even when I had doubts about his suitability, at one time.
      Some refused ro see that Ozil, Auba and Guendouzi were all NOT pulling in the same direction as other players . Wilful short sightedness is a dull witted handicap, some fans have.

      1. I was so sure of him as an enigmatic manager but had nothing to back it up with due to a couple of average years
        I did know in my mind that he has the balls as you describe Jon, but time and backing was not assured but was fortunately given. It was extremely difficult to back him during the leaner times but Im so pleased that my original hunch has had a chance to become a reality. Well for now at least!😊

  7. It was Arteta not Edu. If Arteta say no, Saliba he couldn’t come back, that’s it. Its his tough, nothing Edu could do.

    Watch the ‘All or Norhing’ Arteta said he didn’t want Auba and that was it. Edu don’t control Arteta.

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