William Saliba proved himself to be one of the most important player under Mikel Arteta and has been awarded for that with a new deal.
The Gunners have tied down the Frenchman who is just 22 for the next 4 years after they also secured new deals for Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Aaron Ramsdale.
Arsenal have invested heavily in their squad this season unlike the Arsenal of old and they seem prepared for the coming season.
Kai Havertz was signed for £65m from Chelsea, while Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber will soon become Arsenal players for a combined total of £143.5m.
Saliba shared a video message for Arsenal fans via the club’s Twitter account saying: “I was born in north Paris, but became a man in north London.”
“I know it must have been strange for you. I show up, a kid you have never heard of and then keep going away to different clubs [on loan] before you get to see me play.”
“But I know now this was the best plan for me, and last summer when I came back to the club and became a pivotal part of the team words cannot describe how I feel here, how you [fans] make me feel.”
“Having the confidence of the boss and the staff, and then having your love and support made me feel 10 feet tall – so thank you Gooners, this if for you. We are together and let’s keep moving”.
Arsenal boss whilst hailing the player said: “To have William extend his contract with us was something we have wanted to do for a long time. William proved last season just how good and how important he is to our squad.”
“The ability he has at his young age of just 22 is exciting, and there is of course so much more room for development with any player at this stage of their career. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with William in the years to come.”
Arsenal’s sporting director Edu, also added: “We are so happy to have signed a new deal with William Saliba.”
“William is part of our vision to keep our talented young players, who will hopefully be successful with us for many years to come, so that we can grow and progress together.”
“I know the supporters will be just as happy as we are to see William continue with us in the future.”
William Alain André Gabriel Saliba is a French footballer who was born on 24 March, 2001, and plays as a centre-back for Arsenal and the France national team.
On 25th July 2019, Arsenal announced that Saliba had signed a “long-term” contract with the club on a five-year deal for transfer fee of £27 million.
The Gunners faced competition from rivals Tottenham Hotspur to complete the deal, with both clubs meeting Saint-Étienne’s valuation of the player, but Saliba chose to join Arsenal.
Saliba was given Arsenal number 12 ahead of the 2022–23 season and he made his Arsenal and Premier League debut on 5 August 2022 in an opening day fixture away to Crystal Palace.
BBC described Saliba as “unruffled and virtually faultless” as Arsenal won the game 2-0 after the defender showed excellence in defence.
Saliba scored his first goal for Arsenal two weeks later in a win over AFC Bournemouth, with a curled shot from the edge of the box, the goal was voted Arsenal goal of the month of August.
William Saliba’s wife
Recent report have it that William Saliba is single and is currently not dating or in talks with anyone.
The Frenchman reportedly has his focus completely on developing his skills in the field and becoming a better defender.
Also, there are information of his past relationships as it somewhat looks like the defender likes to keep personal things away from the media.
William Saliba Weight And Height
Saliba who joined Arsenal in 2019 from French Ligue 1 weighs 85kg and is also 1.92m tall which gives him an edge in the defence line.
William Saliba and other senior players are reportedly reporting back for pre-season training at the beginning of July.
Gabriel Martinelli, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Mohamed Elneny and Takehiro Tomiyasu are all set to be involved in the club’s preparations for the new campaign.
However, a video emerged last month with William Saliba in training and getting ready for his return to the team.
Recall we reported that the Frenchman’s season ended with an injury after he limped off against Sporting CP on March 16.
The back injury subsequently ruled him out of the Gunners’ final 11 games of the season amid title challegend.
As seen in the video shared above, the France international looked to be progressing well having taken part in a light training session.
Following his contract extension that would see him remain at The Emirates to further his career until 2027, he is likely to feature in Arsenal’s first pre-season fixture against FC Nurnberg on July 13.