William Saliba has strongly suggested that he wants to remain at Arsenal beyond his current deal, claiming that he is ‘so happy’ at the Emirates Stadium.
The centre-back was subject to three loan spells before finally making his first team debut, but has slotted seamlessly into Mikel Arteta’s side and has started every Premier League game this season as he has helped the Gunners move eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.
The 21-year-old has earned rave reviews for his physical attributes as well as his composure on the ball, and he has struck up an excellent partneship with Gabriel in the heart of Arsenal’s defence.
He was also among the 26 that Didier Deschamps named in his France squad to take to Qatar, though he only played 27 minutes as they ultimately lost in the final to Agrnetina on penalties.
A bigger concern for Arsenal at present is his contract, which is still the same one that he signed upon initially joining the club and is due to expire in 2024. Currently one of the most valuable young defenders in World Football, he could be available on the cheap this summer, or on a free transfer next summer as it stands.
However, Saliba offered plenty of reassurance that this will not be the case, strongly hinting that he is keen to renew his current deal in north London following victory in the derby.
“I am so happy here,” he told the London Evening Standard. “The club is speaking with my agent and me, the only thing I can do is [focus on my football]. I am so happy here.”
His words will come as music to Arsenal fans’ ears, with both Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli also having said words to similar effect amid their contract discussions. Should the Gunners be able to convince all three to stay at the Emirates Stadium, it could be the best business they do this year.