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Thursday, December 7, 2023

BREAKING: William Saliba signs new long-term with Arsenal

The French international defender William Saliba has signed a new four-year contract with Arsenal.

The 22-year-old was an integral part of our 2022/23 campaign, making 33 appearances in all competitions while scoring three times and assisting once from centre-back.

William also has eight senior international caps to his name, with his impressive performances rewarding him with a place in the France squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar last December.

Our central defender joined us in a permanent deal from Saint-Etienne in July 2019 and spent the 2019/20 season back on loan with the Ligue 1 side.

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William started the following campaign with silverware when he was an unused substitute in our 2020 FA Community Shield win over Liverpool.

The second half of the 2020/21 season ended with a short-term loan deal, which saw William back in his country of birth, when he featured 22 times for Nice, including a first goal in senior football.

William returned to France for the 2021/22 season in order to gain further valuable experience, joining Marseille on a season-long loan deal. William played 52 times for Marseille, featuring in four different competitions and becoming a central figure in the team.

Sporting Director Edu said: “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.”

Mikel Arteta added: “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.”

Kai Havertz is already through the door after a £65m transfer from Chelsea, with Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber also expected to be joining him shortly for a combined total of £143.5m.

Arsenal have also announced Saliba, who only had one year remaining on his previous contract, has changed his shirt number from 12 to two for the new campaign.

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