Arsenal have opened contract negotiations with defender William Saliba following his exceptional start to the 2022/23 campaign, The Times report.
The Frenchman had to wait for three seasons to make his Gunners debut, but it has been completely worthwhile as he has now matured into a superb centre-back.
Saliba has been extraordinary in central defence with Gabriel Magalhaes this term, and the duo have helped the Gunners stay at the top of the Premier League after eight games.
Hence, there are no surprises that the board have opened contract talks with the former. Saliba’s deal expires in June 2024, and the club want to avoid him entering his final year.
He currently earns just £40,000-a-week, but the club are willing to hand him a bumper wage package.
Saliba’s contract extension should be top priority for Arsenal
Saliba has been simply brilliant for the Gunners since his debut against Crystal Palace. He was exceptional in the season opener where he was adjudged the man of the match.
The Frenchman has since gone from strength-to-strength at the north London club. He has chipped in with a couple of goals and has also been superb at the back with his decision-making.
We recently saw him excel in the north London derby where he made as many as 11 ball recoveries. The centre-back clearly kept Harry Kane quiet which paved the way for the 3-1 win.
Arsenal must now ensure that they commit him to a new long-term deal. They may need to hand him a six-figure weekly salary, but that’s completely worth it for his immense potential.
At 21, he has plenty of room for development and could develop into a world-class centre-back in the form of Virgil van Dijk. He now has the right platform to progress under Mikel Arteta.
Saliba has been earning plenty of plaudits this campaign. Teammate Oleksandr Zinchenko recently lauded him as ‘incredible‘ after his stellar left-footed goal on the road to Bournemouth.
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