William Saliba has ended speculation surrounding his future after signing a new long-term contract at Arsenal.
Arsenal have been in negotiations with the France international over a new contract after a breakthrough season for the centre-back in north London, with Saliba a crucial part of the club’s title challenge after returning from an impressive loan spell at Marseille.
Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Saliba has signed a new deal that will run until 2027 with the option of a further season, in the latest boost for an emerging Arsenal team who have secured contract extensions for the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka in recent months.
Saliba made 32 appearances in all competitions last season and Arsenal’s title challenge faltered after the defender suffered a back injury in March. The Gunners kept less clean sheets, conceded more goals and made more defensive errors per game with Saliba sidelined.
Saliba is set to be joined in the Arsenal defence next season by Jurrien Timber, with the Ajax centre-back set to undergo a medical at the club on Friday.
Arsenal have agreed a fee of €40million (£34.3m) plus €5m (£4.3m) in ‘largely realistic’ add-ons for the Dutch defender.