Arsenal ‘will step up attempts to tie down William Saliba to a new long-term contract next week’ – after the centre back insisted he is ‘so happy’ following north London derby victory

Arsenal will accelerate their efforts to keep William Saliba at the club, according to reports. 

The French defender has been a key part of the Gunners side which currently lies eight points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table. 

And ESPN report that Mikel Arteta’s side are set to step up attempts to tie Saliba down to a new long-term contract at the Emirates.

Arsenal will reportedly step up efforts to agree a long-term deal with William Saliba next week

Arsenal will reportedly step up efforts to agree a long-term deal with William Saliba next week

The French defender has started every league game for Mikel Arteta's side so far this sesaon

The French defender has started every league game for Mikel Arteta’s side so far this sesaon

The centre back, 21, insisted he is ‘so happy’ at the club after Sunday’s north London derby victory against Tottenham.

He said: ‘The club is speaking with my agent and me, the only thing I can do is [focus on my football]. I am so happy here.’

Arsenal triggered a clause to extend his existing deal until 2024 but want to secure his future for the long-term.

Saliba, 21, insisted he is 'so happy' at the club after Sunday's north London derby win vs Spurs

Saliba, 21, insisted he is ‘so happy’ at the club after Sunday’s north London derby win vs Spurs

Their last contract offer was reportedly some way off the French star’s demands, but with Saliba’s agent said to be in London next week, there is reportedly confidence an agreement can be thrashed out.

Saliba joined from Saint-Etienne in 2019 for £27million but only made his competitive debut this season after loans at Saint-Etienne, Nice and Marseille.

He has started every Premier League match for Arsenal this season, playing 1605 of 1620 possible minutes in the top-flight so far this campaign and cementing a superb partnership with Brazilian Gabriel Magalhaes.





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