William Saliba signs a four-year contract extension with Arsenal, giving the team a huge boost before the vital summer transfer window.
William Saliba will sign a four-year contract with Arsenal after reaching an agreement on a new long-term deal.
According to The Athletic, the 22-year-old will remain at Emirates Stadium through 2027 on his existing contract after having a breakthrough year in north London this year. Saliba’s previous contract was set to expire in a year, which put Arsenal at risk of losing their top defender to a free agent the next summer. The Frenchman, however, has signed a new deal with the Gunners, following Bukayo Saka, Gabriel, Gabriel Martinelli, and Aaron Ramsdale, with the formal announcement upcoming.
William Saliba agrees for New Deal
Arsenal’s first major transaction ahead of a potentially busy summer window is the renewal of Saliba’s contract. The centre-back demonstrated how important he is to Mikel Arteta’s setup by missing the final 11 games of the season and derailing Arsenal’s championship drive. Saliba has been one of the league’s most outstanding defenders since returning from a loan spell at Marseille last summer, and his new contract will be critical to Arsenal’s championship challenge next season.
A number of first-team players have recently signed new contracts, with Fabrizio Romano reporting that captain Martin Odegaard is next on the list, with Reiss Nelson reportedly near. Arsenal’s focus can now go to bringing in new players, most notably Declan Rice, who was announced to be leaving West Ham after leading them to Europa League triumph, with Arsenal apparently being his first option. Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City and Xavi Simons of PSV are two more possibilities.
With the formal announcement approaching, the Frenchman will focus on recovering from a back ailment in time for Arsenal’s pre-season. There has been no word on a return date as of yet.