Ian Wright reacts to William Saliba’s contract update from David Ornstein

Arsenal Ian Wright has reacted on Twitter after The Athletic journalist David Ornstein claimed the club will announce the contract extension of William Saliba on Friday.

The French centre-back signed a new four-year deal with the North London club on Thursday.

While earlier reports claim the contract consists of the option of an additional 12 months, Ornstein says that is not the case.

Saliba has no release clause in his new deal and will earn around £10 million per year.

The 22-year-old was entering into the final 12 months of his previous deal, but Arsenal have managed to get him to commit his future to the club.

The news left Wright very delighted given that it has come from one of the most reliable sources when it comes to transfer updates, and the Gunners legend immediately reacted thus:

Saliba joined Arsenal from Saint-Etienne in July 2019 but was loaned back to the Ligue 1 club for the entirety of the following season.

He spent the first half of 2020-21 back in North London but only featured for the under-23s before joining OGC Nice on loan for the rest of the season in January 2021.

Saliba then spent 2021-22 on loan with Marseille before returning to his parent club ahead of the last term.

He quickly established himself as a regular under manager Mikel Arteta, featuring in 33 games across all competitions before a back injury in March ruled him out of the remainder of the campaign.

It dealt a huge blow on Arsenal’s Premier League campaign as they won just five of their last 11 league games after he got injured.

The dip in form allowed Manchester City to catch up with them and overtake them, and Arteta will hope the Frenchman can be kept fit all through next season.

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