Arsenal is putting together a team for the future, with the club’s protracted renovation continuing in full swing. Another transfer window has gone, this one being Mikel Arteta’s fifth. The departures have continued to mount with no major signings. The manager has made it plain whom he believes will be part of the group that will lead Arsenal into a new era after reducing the first-team roster to 21 players – including three goalkeepers. Keeping that in mind, there is an update on the situation of William Saliba now.
With Aubameyang’s departure to Barcelona, the club’s total number of departures in January increased to six, with the team particularly thin in the centre-forward position.
Arsenal’s central defensive options have been reduced to only three. This is a result of the departures of Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari. Both ended by joining other clubs, though Mari is out of a loan. To be sure, Takehiro Tomiyasu can step in when needed, but in terms of recognised choices, there are just three remaining: Benjamin White, Gabriel, and Rob Holding.
Arsenal defender William Saliba intends to extend his contract in the summer. That is, even though Real Madrid, AC Milan and Inter are all interested in signing him
The three should be sufficient to see out the remainder of the Premier League season’s 17 games. However, more quality will be the need for next season. There is an anticipation of a return for Arsenal to European football as well. The search for more centre-backs is on. One of the individuals returning to the Emirates is William Saliba.
The 20-year-old is still receiving rave praises at Marseille, with coaches, analysts, and even rival players drawing similarities to Thiago Silva. He has also accrued more minutes than any other Under-21 player in the whole continent of Europe. After joining Arsenal for £27 million in 2019, he is now in his third season on loan from the Gunners, and a decision on his long-term future is essential.
According to The Athletic, negotiating a new contract for the Frenchman is predictably high on Arsenal’s list of priorities for the summer, given that his current contract ends in 2024 and also keeping in mind the club’s financial situation. A contract has reached the stage when renewing or selling becomes the only viable choice, and the centre-back has shown an interest in returning to north London and competing for a first-team spot.
The question of whether or not he wants to sign a new contract is another issue since he will want to keep his appetite for regular domestic and European games, as well as the recognition he has earned as a result of his achievements. In the Premier League, White and Gabriel is the starting duo. He has a difficult task ahead of him to force his way into the starting lineup. This is despite not playing a single minute in the league.
Can Mikel Arteta and Edu make the player extend his contract?
If he does demonstrate a reluctance to commit, there will be no lack of those who are interested in him. Real Madrid, Inter, AC Milan and his current club Marseille are among the clubs interested in signing him, according to Calcio Mercato, with Arsenal placing a £25m value on Saliba. Indeed, they will receive £2m less than they paid for it. You can make anything you want out of it.
He has been logging an exceptional number of minutes and performing at an exceptional level. The fact that Saliba only has two years remaining on his contract may hurt Arsenal’s chances.
It’s a topic he’ll return to in the summer when he returns to London Colney. The next step is completely dependent on his desire to sign a contract extension with the club. If he does re-sign, the club will welcome him with open arms. All facets of his profile are a fantastic fit for what the club is attempting to develop. After all, he is a player who was purchased by Arsenal for a reason. That is also a fact.