William Saliba says talks between Arsenal and his representatives over a new contract have begun.
The France international’s current deal, penned in 2019, is due to end in 2024 but the Gunners are eager to tie him down to an extension on revised terms before other clubs start sniffing around.
The 21-year-old has been in imperious form since Mikel Arteta integrated him into the first team in the summer having spent the previous three years undertaking loan spells with Saint-Etienne, Nice and Marseille.
Saliba has played every minute of the fledgling Premier League campaign helping the Gunners to the top of the table.
“Yeah, we will see,” said the defender when asked about contract talks.
“They [Arsenal and my agent] talk a little bit. [When I spoke with Arteta in the summer], he talked about my last season and he explained the project for this season.
“You have to wait every time and I wait a long time for my first north London derby. I enjoyed it since the first minute to the end, and now I am so happy. We are so happy to win at home against Tottenham. It was a hard game, but we were focused all the game. We deserve this win.”
Saliba isn’t the only Gunner in line for a new contract. Bukayo Saka is believed to be very close to committing his future to the club and Gabriel Martinelli is also in line for a pay rise even though Arsenal have an option to extend the Brazilian’s existing deal by a further year to 2025.