After the World Cup, Arsenal executives allegedly plan to begin fresh contract negotiations with Bukayo Saka, William Saliba, and Gabriel Martinelli. In the 2022–23 season, Mikel Arteta’s three 21-year-old teammates have developed into key contributors, propelling Arsenal to the top of the Premier League standings.
It is now recognised that sporting director Edu prioritises new and improved contracts for each player, and talks have already taken place with their agents. The 2022 World Cup saw Saka, Saliba, and Martinelli representing England, France, and Brazil, respectively.
The first and second experienced quarterfinal exits, while Saliba finished second with France. Despite the fact that Martinelli and Saliba’s contracts have options to be extended by a further 12 months, all three players are expected to become unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2024.
Arsenal will reopen negotiations with all three players in the new year when they return to North London following the World Cup, reports journalist Fabrizio Romano via football.london.
Saka, Saliba, and Martinelli are rumoured to have drawn interest from other teams. Should the former depart in search of Champions League play, Liverpool and Manchester City are both expected to make a move for him.
The England international has four goals and six assists in 14 Premier League games for Arsenal this season. He scored three goals for the Three Lions at the 2022 World Cup.
Arteta and Martinelli, two other Arsenal attackers, are thought to be hopeful about the likelihood of reaching an agreement on a new contract with Saka.
Saka to be offered a new contract by Arsenal
In 14 Premier League games during the 2022–2023 season, the Brazilian international scored five goals and provided two assists. He also made three appearances for the Selecao at the 2022 World Cup.
In response to questions from reporters last month, Martinelli stated that he wanted to remain at Arsenal.
“I am very happy at Arsenal. I said it many times, I love to be here. I love the city, I love everything about Arsenal so I want to stay. Yeah, just need to get a pen.”
Saliba also made one appearance for France’s runners-up team during the World Cup, and it is believed that both Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain were keeping a watch on Martinelli there.
Before ultimately making his competitive debut for Arsenal, the center-back was loaned out to Saint-Etienne, Nice, and Marseille. So far in the 2022–23 Premier League season, he has been one of the league’s best defenders.
In the 2022–23 season, Saliba has made 14 starts in the top division and has contributed two goals and one assist. Along with Martinelli, Saliba is thought to have caught PSG’s attention.
The young trio should all be ready to go for Arsenal’s upcoming Boxing Day match against West Ham United in the Premier League.
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