In the aftermath of Saturday’s 3-1 win over Sp*rs, William Saliba revealed that Arsenal had contacted his representatives about extending his contract.
“They talk a little bit,” said the France international whose current deal ends in 2024. Given his incredible ‘start’ to life at Emirates Stadium, it’s hardly a surprise we want to tie him down.
All across Europe, big clubs are monitoring the defender’s situation, as they have been doing with Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.
Thankfully, on all three fronts, things sound positive from a Gunners’ perspective. The England international has hinted he’ll put pen to paper soon while the Brazilian is on record saying he’d like to stay at Arsenal forever.
“Obviously we have to plan for the future,” said Arteta on Thursday. “We’re all working on it, obviously Edu is on top of it and all the board.
“We’ll try to do things in the right way, being fair and trying to plan in the best possible way and reward the players that in our opinion have a big future for the club. When we have something to announce, we will do that.”
Since they started working together in December 2019, Arteta and Edu have been doing what they can to give themselves more room for manoeuvre when it comes to contract negotiations.
While improving and cleansing the squad has proved difficult and expensive they are edging closer to a situation where more often than not talks can happen two years rather than 12 months in advance.
It looks as though we’re learning from past mistakes, although Arteta didn’t want to be critical of predecessors when asked if the club was finally out of the habit of letting players go into the final year of the contracts.
“I don’t know. Every player is different, what happened in the past, for sure, the people that were in charge had the right reasons or tried something that was beneficial for the club.
“We will try to do the same thing and ensure that the club is always protected, that the club is always in a position to move forward and the players are happy to be at the club.”