William Saliba agrees new four-year deal with Arsenal

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William Saliba has agreed a new four-year contract at Arsenal in another significant boost for the north London club as they look to build around the young core of Mikel Arteta’s squad.

Saliba’s representatives have been in talks with Arsenal’s executives for months, with his current deal set to expire next summer.

The centre-back would therefore have been able to leave the club for free at the end of the upcoming season, making his new deal one of the main priorities for Arsenal.

Those talks have progressed well in recent days, with fresh terms now verbally agreed with the France international. The contract, which runs until 2027, is expected to be signed in the coming weeks.

Saliba, 22, will be given a pay rise to reflect his status as a key member of Arteta’s team and as one of Europe’s most impressive young defenders.

The new contract for Saliba comes after similar extensions were signed by Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martinelli, Aaron Ramsdale and Bukayo Saka in recent months.

Arsenal have been keen to reward the youngsters who almost fired them to the Premier League title and talks are expected to take place soon with the representatives of captain Martin Odegaard, who is also in line for an improved deal.

Saliba started every Premier League match for Arsenal this season until he suffered a back injury in a Europa League game against Sporting in March.

He has not featured since that injury and Arsenal’s title charge collapsed without him in the heart of their defence. In their 11 games without him in the league, Arsenal won only five times as they were overtaken by Manchester City.

Saliba joined the club in the summer of 2019 but did not make his first-team breakthrough until last summer, after a series of loan spells back in his native France