Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has said that Arsenal defender William Saliba is having a brilliant season. Hence, he also prefers the French defender over Sven Botman.
The brilliant performances have also forced Mikel Arteta to play Ben White as a right-back. William Saliba has also formed a formidable partnership with Gabriel Magalhaes in the center-back this season.
ARSENAL DEFENDER WILLIAM SALIBA CONTINUES TO IMPRESS THIS SEASON WITH HIS PERFORMANCES
Arsenal defender William Saliba continues to impress with his brilliant performances in the center of the defense this season. He has also earned praises from football experts and former footballers this season. One of them is Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer. Alan Shearer has also picked him in the team of the season till now over Sven Botman. Sven Botman has also helped Newcastle United into the fourth position. However, Shearer has also said that Saliba’s performances are next level.
The BBC Sport Pundit speaking on the performance of the Arsenal defender further said, “It seems unfair to leave out Sven Botman, but Saliba has been superb.” Hence, it is clear that Mikel Arteta had a plan for the French defender after his returns from the loan spells. Therefore, the defender will also hope to finish the season stronger with the Gunners. However, the priority in this season for the Gunners and the players is to sign a new long-term contract extension.
THE GUNNERS NEED TO RESOLVE HIS CONTRACT SITUATION TILL THE END OF THE SEASON
According to reports, Arsenal are hoping to agree a long-term contract extension with William Saliba till the end of the season. The report also claims that the Gunners also want to give a long-term contract to Bukayo Saka. This is after the Gunners sealed the long-term contract extension of Gabriel Martinelli. Hence, it is clear that the owners are looking to keep the important young group of players happy. Mikel Arteta has also said that the club are working hard on contract extensions.
The Arsenal manager further said ,“Part of the plan obviously is to extend the contracts of our biggest talents at the club and commit them to the future. “We are trying to do that, we have started with Gabi and that is good news, the others will be done when we can and we have to agree on that. “I see everyone really happy and really willing to continue at the club but we have to meet everyone’s expectations and timing is key on that.”
Arsenal will also have to keep an eye out on the interest of other top European clubs for Saka and Saliba. It is also because teams like Manchester City and PSG are monitoring the situation. Hence, the Gunners need to make sure to resolve the contract situation of the young star players.
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