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Man Utd: Ten Hag now ‘really likes’ £50m star at Old Trafford

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According to Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor for GIVEMESPORT, Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka still has a “role to play” since Erik ten Hag “truly loves” him right now.

Under Ten Hag, the 25-year-old has been regularly rotated alongside Diogo Dalot, and it now seems possible that he will remain in the team moving ahead.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka news from Manchester United
Wan-Bissaka was not used as a substitute when United played fellow Premier League team West Ham in the FA Cup on Wednesday night, according to FotMob. Wan-Bissaka could be a little concerned that Dalot wasn’t given an opportunity in an FA Cup match since the manager, Ten Hag, chose to rest players like Casemiro, Marcus Rashford, Lisandro Martinez, and Luke Shaw but not Dalot.

Wan-return Bissaka’s to Crystal Palace at the conclusion of the season may be conceivable, according to a recent Football Insider article. Wan-Bissaka may fall lower down the pecking order if Ten Hag decides to acquire a new right-back during the summer transfer window, according to the article.

Fabrizio Romano revealed in an interview with CaughtOffside that United had been searching for a right-back in January but decided against doing so because of the improvement of Wan-Bissaka.

Taylor has stated what about Wan-Bissaka?
After Manchester United’s FA Cup triumph against West Ham, Taylor stated that Wan-Bissaka still has a “role to play” at the team in an interview with GIVEMSPORT.

He stated: “He didn’t turn on, but I wouldn’t make too much of it. He still seems to have a role to play in my opinion.

“That definitely comes down to the players, though. Do the two fullbacks want to continue tussling with one another or do they want to have a clear lead?

“Wan-Bissaka may move on, but it’s too soon to declare that the game is over, in my opinion. Ten Hag seems to really like him right now, in my opinion.”

Should Wan-Bissaka consider leaving?
According to FBRef, Wan-Bissaka has only received seven Premier League starts so far this year. The Portuguese defender has started 16 Premier League games under Ten Hag despite being superior to Dalot in tackles won, interceptions, and clearances per 90 minutes this season.

It could make sense for Wan-Bissaka to look for a fresh challenge if it is true that United will be looking to add a new right-back during the summer transfer window.

According to Sky Sports, Wan-Bissaka cost United £50 million, therefore it may be challenging for them to return their investment.

“A magnificent player”: Ten Hag singles out United star for the highest praise

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Erik ten Hag has been bleaching lyrical about Casemiro, describing him as “a magnificent player”.

The manager was asked about the number 18 telling off Bruno Fernandes after the final whistle of last Sunday’s Carabao Cup final for not passing the ball to Jadon Sancho when through on goal during the pre-match press conference ahead of today’s Premier League clash with Liverpool.

“The players have the mindset that good isn’t good enough. “We could have won 3-0 if we had made better decisions,” Ten Hag explained.

“And I think it’s about that and it’s good that players take each other in responsibility and set high standards and set high demands to each other and control them.

“So, sometimes a correction or a discussion is required so that the player is aware of his responsibilities.”

Casemiro, who was named to FIFA’s FIFPRO World Team last week, has played a significant role in United’s transformation under Ten Hag. “A veteran club employee, viewing the impact from the inside, terms the Brazilian ‘our most important signing since Eric Cantona,'” writes Jonathan Northcroft for The Times, and on current form, it is difficult to disagree.

Asked if he had ever managed a player with such high standards before, Ten Hag said he had done so at Ajax but that “definitely Casemiro in this team, he is such a leader and he is so important for us.

“Not only with his performances and skills, such as scoring a goal or header, or linking up with teammates or intercepting balls. “We are so happy that we signed him because of the organization, the mentality, and the culture,” he explained.

As Ten Hag claims, Casemiro’s presence has been as transformative of the mentality and culture as his on-field performances, which his close friend and mentor, Ribiot, claims to have promised to United when he signed him.

“I personally told Manchester United they were signing not only the best defensive midfielder in the world, but the player who would change the locker room, the atmosphere, and the dimension of the club,” he is quoted as saying by The Times.

“Casemiro only has one secret, and it is called work. He lives for and by football, and if he has a goal, it is to return Manchester United to its rightful place. He will give his life for this badge.”

This was also suggested by Ten Hag, who stated that United’s summer recruitment policy specifically targeted players with character.

“There are many talented players in the world. So they need a technical approach or they can run really fast,” he explained.

“However, we’re looking for players with personality. Players with personality, who lead, who take responsibility, and who are resilient.”

“I knew what a magnificent player he was [when I signed him]. Just take a look at his profile. You can see all the cups he’s won, and it’s not by chance… It’s not like it happened overnight.

“You have players who win consistently and players who lose consistently… You have to do your research to find the type of player who will win and who is humble in the locker room but takes responsibility on the field.”

Casemiro’s arrival at Old Trafford was met with “bemusement” by a fanbase that had been expecting a very different style of player, Frenkie de Jong, all summer. Casemiro was not even one of the hundreds of names circulating in the transfer rumour mill.

For years, the same fans had cried out for a top defensive midfielder, but the famine had lasted so long that they seemed to have forgotten why they had made such demands in the first place.

Having spent the majority of his career at Real, with only a loan spell at FC Porto to his name, the same fans may have wondered just how good a player he was, given the successful side that surrounded him.

He has been able to answer that question emphatically by joining United.

“Casemiro has even sparked a debate on Brazilian Twitter about whether he is the best Brazilian player of his generation — not Neymar,” Northcroft writes.

“Until recently, that would have been unthinkable.”

The fact that Casemiro was a great player was well known throughout the football world. But perhaps what was unknown was just how good a player he is.

Arsenal’s 97th minute winner against Bournemouth with only crowd noise shows how electric the Emirates was

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A video of Arsenal’s last-minute winner over Bournemouth with only crowd noise is incredible to watch and demonstrates how loud the Emirates was on Saturday.

The Gunners rallied from two goals down to defeat Bournemouth 3-2, with Reiss Nelson scoring in the 97th minute.

He smashed a stunning left-footed strike into the back of the net, sending the Emirates into a frenzy as fans celebrated a huge win.

A video of Nelson’s victory with no commentary and only crowd noise demonstrates how loud the stadium was during the euphoric moment.

The collective cries of’shoot!’ when the ball fell to Nelson’s feet, followed by his scoring, make for thrilling viewing.

Arsenal’s win over Bournemouth came after Manchester City closed the gap with a lunchtime win over Newcastle United at home.

Following the 3-2 victory, Mikel Arteta’s side maintains their lead at the top of the table, five points clear of Manchester City.

After the game, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger described the final stages as a “beautiful” experience.

“At the end, it was an extraordinary day and a beautiful experience,” he said. “Dramatic, but worth experiencing because it had the best ending.

“Winning four games in the Premier League is difficult, and we did three in a week, which is even more difficult. We had done it in various ways, which should generate more trust.”

Arteta added about Nelson: “I’ve always seen the potential, talent, and desire in him, but he’s at a different level right now.

“I believe that his emotional experiences aided him. He was knocking on the door, he’s been doing really well in training, and it’s a good lesson for me and the coaches that we need him.”

Ian Wright names the ‘terrific’ PL star that he wants Arsenal to sign this summer

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright says he still hopes Brighton star Moises Caicedo will join the club after his performance in the Seagulls’ 4-0 win over West Ham.

Roberto De Zerbi’s team put on another strong performance to secure a convincing victory at the Amex Stadium, with four different scorers.

Former Arsenal star Danny Welbeck scored the game’s fourth and final goal in the 89th minute.

Alexis Mac Allister and Kaoru Mitoma increased their season totals to six, while Joel Veltman also scored.

The result keeps Brighton in eighth place in the Premier League table, seven points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with three games remaining.

After the game, Wright mentioned another key Brighton player who he still wishes Arsenal could bring to the Emirates Stadium after their failed attempts, though he did express his satisfaction with Caicedo’s reaction to the transfer saga.

Wright wants Caicedo to join Arsenal.

“I wish [he was playing for Arsenal], I can’t lie,” he said on Match of the Day.

“You have to mention Mitoma because he’s been brilliant yet again. But Caicedo, the way this has played out because of the transfer and everything else that was going on.

“It could have turned his head, and I think that for him to get himself going again, I wouldn’t expect anything less from Brighton, because they’re a fantastic club and he seems like a very good guy.

“What he’s doing is what he does best, and it’s the reason why there’s so many clubs after him, not only Arsenal. You can see him scanning [the play off the ball] and planning where he’ll get the ball. Excellent player.

“He gets himself into positions where he has enough time and space, and he can switch it very well. But what I’m more impressed with is that he just got his head down and started playing, because that [failed transfer] could have thrown him off.

“I’m overjoyed for him. Good luck to him; he’s been amazing.”

Mikel Arteta’s side made two bids for Caicedo in January as they sought a midfielder, but both were rejected by Brighton.

The 21-year-old Ecuador international then asked to leave the club, according to a social media post from his accounts.

But he stayed and signed a new four-and-a-half year contract with Brighton earlier this week.

That means a 2021 deal for a player described as “terrific” by South American football expert Tim Vickery is no longer likely.

However, if Arsenal still wants to sign him, they may test the club’s resolve with a large offer this summer.

ETH could bin Man Utd’s£200k-p/w dud today who looks like he’s on “Strictly Come Dancing”

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One prominent Manchester United fan account appeared to take a not-so-subtle dig at the club’s biggest summer signing, Antony, at the start of the month.

“Gentle reminder that our star boy didn’t cost £100m,” read a post that showed Alejandro Garnacho scoring against West Ham United in the FA Cup.

The meaning is unclear, but when you consider the aforementioned Brazilian cost of £86m, the puzzle starts to come together.

Garnacho has had a bigger impact at Old Trafford this season. Despite being Argentine, the teenager idolizes Cristiano Ronaldo and has four goals and five assists in all senior competitions.

Antony, on the other hand, has six goals and one assist, indicating a lack of end product.

In terms of goals, he is currently ahead of his younger colleague, but he has also played approximately 800 more minutes in 2022/23.

There have been glimpses of his brilliance, but against Liverpool, a risky decision may be required.

Will Antony make his debut against Liverpool?

Simply put, the £200k-per-week earner must be dropped for this afternoon’s seismic clash.

The truth is that Erik ten Hag now has more options at his disposal. With his relentless work rate, Wout Weghorst has proven he is no mug in attack, something Antony can only dream of.

Marcus Rashford is simply unstoppable, and Bruno Fernandes has recently played on Antony’s preferred right flank. Not to mention the impact Jadon Sancho has had as a number ten.

Add Garnacho, who oozed confidence against the Irons a few days ago, and it’s difficult to see Antony getting in.

The Brazilian did score in the Europa League victory over Barcelona, but it was his only goal in the previous ten games.

The 23-year-old has only played the full 90 minutes once since the World Cup, indicating that Ten Hag does not trust him to provide quality for extended periods of time.

Liverpool have been hopeless defensively at times this season, most notably conceding five goals to Real Madrid at Anfield, and as a result, United must adopt a daring offensive strategy.

Antony’s trickery dazzles, but his inability to carve out a chance or fashion a shot is what holds him back.

Instead, he finds himself returning for more. That was seen last weekend at Wembley, where despite defeating Dan Burn all ends up, he decided to try it all over again before being sent to the deck by Joelinton.

There’s also his famous spin, which he debuted in United colors earlier this season during Sheriff Tiraspol.

On BT Sport, Ian Darke suggested he was playing as if he were on the television show “Strictly Come Dancing” for that rather comedic moment.

Other options must be preferred this weekend, as he is always the showboater and very rarely the man for the big occasion.

United remain the favorites, but without Antony, the odds will almost certainly shift in their favor.

Arsenal’s next five Premier League fixtures compared to title rivals Man City and Man United

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Arsenal is just 12 games away from winning their first Premier League title in years. Discussions about the side being title challengers seemed a lifetime ago, with Mikel Arteta’s men proving themselves with every challenge thrown their way.

There will be more pain between now and the end of the season if the team is to realize their dream, but they moved one step closer on Saturday with a resounding victory over Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium. The away fans were stunned, however, when Phillip Billing scored just nine seconds into the game, and Marcos Senesi doubled the lead in the second half.

Just after the hour mark, Thomas Partey and Ben White found two quickfire responses, but as the game appeared to be heading towards a draw, Reiss Nelson stepped in. The youngster, who has had few chances to shine this season, provided a potentially game-changing moment.

Nelson’s volley deep into stoppage time eluded everyone before nestling into the back of the net, filling the Emirates Stadium with joy. The strike keeps Arsenal top of the league by five points, but they still have a difficult few games ahead of them.

Having said that, here’s a look at their next five league games in comparison to rivals Manchester City and Manchester United.

Fulham (A – Sunday, March 12)

Following a return to Europa League action in midweek, the focus in the Premier League shifts to Fulham, with a short trip across London on the horizon. The Craven Cottage club has surprised many this season, finishing seventh after being predicted to be relegated back to the Championship.

Fulham’s two wins in five games will give the Gunners hope of a result, but it will be far from an easy match.

Crystal Palace (H- Sunday, March 19)

The second game of a London derby double header takes place at the Emirates against a Crystal Palace team that hasn’t won a league game since the beginning of the year. As former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira returns to the Emirates, the Eagles risk being dragged into a relegation battle if they are not careful.

Leeds (H – Saturday, April 1)

Arsenal will host Leeds in north London in another home match, with the Yorkshire club firmly in the relegation zone. Leeds are currently just above the relegation zone and will be hoping that new manager Javi Gracia can turn things around to avoid a nerve-racking final day.

Liverpool (A – Sunday, April 9)

Arsenal face Liverpool at Anfield in just over a month, with the match potentially having title-defining implications. The Gunners have traditionally struggled in Merseyside, while the Reds are just beginning to creep their way back into the top four after an unusually poor season by their recent standards under Jurgen Klopp.

West Ham United (A – Sunday, April 16)

The next five league games will take Arsenal across London to face a West Ham side that has struggled to recapture their form from the previous two or three seasons under David Moyes. The Hammers are just a couple of points above the drop zone, providing a chance for a big win on the day.

Man City’s next five games are as follows:

Crystal Palace (A) – 11 March

West Ham (H) – 19 March

1 April, Liverpool (H)

9 April, Southampton (A)

Leicester City (A) – 16 April

Manchester United’s next five games are as follows:

5 March, Liverpool (A)

11 March, Southampton (H)

Brighton (A) – 19 March

2 April, Newcastle (A).

Brentford (H) – 5th April

Move aside Nelson: Arsenal’s 118-touch “pickpocket” was Arteta’s real hero yesterday

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Remember the last few days of Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal, or Unai Emery’s time in charge at the Emirates, or even the early stages of Mikel Arteta’s time in Islington, and you’ll recall a club in desperate need of a lick of paint.

Indeed, the team was full of toxic individuals; they were not a strong group with a distinct bond that tended to bottle things up. Simply put, they could not have defeated Bournemouth on Saturday.

This younger, more vibrant team, on the other hand, is unique. They have no idea when they are being beaten, and this has really shown in 2023.

Several weeks ago, Eddie Nketiah scored an incredible last-minute winner against Manchester United before Jorginho came up with the goods, via Emi Martinez’s head, to save things against Aston Villa.

But nothing beats the euphoria of Reiss Nelson’s simply incredible last kick of the game against the Cherries.

Arsenal fell behind after just nine seconds and then trailed 2-0 in the second period. Their chances of winning the championship appeared to be in jeopardy.

However, take a step forward. Nelson, Thomas Partey, Ben White, and others.

The latter was a game-changing substitute, replacing Emile Smith Rowe, who came off the bench after Leandro Trossard was injured, but the former Feyenoord loanee assisted White’s goal and then struck the decisive blow.

In the 97th minute of the match, he picked up the ball on the edge of the area after Martin Odegaard’s corner and chested it down onto his left foot before rifling the ball past Neto. Pandemonium erupted within the Emirates.

Odegaard and Gabriel collapsed to the ground. William Saliba went off in search of the corner flag, Granit Xhaka was racing to catch Nelson, and Jorginho was on the field, quickly followed by what felt like the entire club’s backroom staff.

Having said that, there was one man in the crowd who seemed to celebrate the goal rather normally by his high standards.

Who was Arsenal’s standout performer against Bournemouth?

Oleksandr Zinchenko happened to be that man. Since moving to north London, the Ukrainian has become a cult hero, celebrating every goal as if it were a last-second winner.

The left-back has been seen screaming at the top of his lungs at the Emirates faithful on numerous occasions this season, and Nelson’s last-gasp effort on Saturday was no exception.

He was straight over to the North Bank section of the stadium, yelling at the fans. It’s difficult to believe this is a man who has only been at the club for a year, but he just gets it. His passion is remarkable, and as a result, he has come to be associated with this term.

But Zinchenko isn’t just a passion merchant. For the most part, he lets his football speak for itself and is living proof that Manchester City will never sell a player to Arsenal again.

This season, the left-back personifies the turnaround. He believes like no other player, driving and encouraging his team to levels not seen since the Invincibles.

He appears in areas where a full-back would never dream of appearing, with such an attitude seen just a few days ago in the win over Everton.

The Ukraine international’s delightful pass into Bukayo Sako, who was operating in the right-hand channel where Odegaard is usually so influential, ensured the scoring was opened.

He scored from the right side again in Arsenal’s comeback victory over Villa, and his cool demeanor was crucial in getting Arsenal over the line on Sunday.

In fact, it’s not out of the realms of possibility that he was their true hero on Saturday. The corner from which Arsenal scored might not have happened without him.

Late in injury time, the 26-year-old took a shot, which took a massive deflection and flashed just wide of the post. It took a lot of guts, as Troy Deeney would say, to take on the effort so late in the piece. It could have flown over the bar and been done with it. But his faith is unlike any other.

Zinchenko, dubbed a “pickpocket” by Forbes’ Mark Joyella, appeared to be a master of regaining possession and keeping it for his team.

According to Sofascore, the 5 foot 9 defender won four tackles and all six ground duels during the 98-minute game.

He also won five of his six aerial battles, highlighting what turned out to be a flawless performance down the left side of the pitch.

It was a complete performance from a man who only seems to be getting better, as he had 118 touches, four key passes, and completed 100% of his dribble attempts.

Indeed, he is the tempo setter, the driving force behind Arsenal’s title charge and he is doing it all from ‘left-back’.

Of course, Nelson deserves all of the credit for his outstanding performance this weekend, but Zinchenko should not be overlooked. He has raised the bar in this team to unprecedented heights.

Man Utd prepared to attack to sign£106million player–Report

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Manchester United are reportedly ready to go all-out in the summer transfer window to sign Dusan Vlahovic.

According to Calcio Mercato, Juventus may be forced to sell the Serbian center forward, and Manchester United is one of the clubs ready to attack to sign him.

According to the Italian source, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Chelsea, and European champions Real Madrid are all interested in the 23-year-old striker.

According to reports, the Bainconeri would like to receive at least 100 million euros from the sale of their prized asset.

According to today’s edition of AS, Manchester United negotiated a deal to sign the former Fiorentina forward during the winter transfer window, but the deal was thwarted by his agent. Finally, we were able to secure Weghorst’s loan.

According to a well-known Spanish publication, the Old Lady could ask for as much as 120 million euros (£106 million) to offload him this summer.

Vlahovic was named Serie A Young Player of the Year in 2021 and has since proven his worth in Italy.

Due to injury concerns, the ex-Partizan Belgrade striker has been in and out of the squad this season. He only appeared in one World Cup game for Serbia, scoring against Switzerland.

Rashford currently leads our team in scoring with 25 goals this season. Bruno Fernandes, who has only scored 7 goals under Ten Hag, is in second place.

As a result, it is clear that United require more quality offensive options to share the scoring burden, and a top center forward must be signed.

Arsenal: Edu ‘held meetings’ with £27m star’s representatives at the Emirates

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Arsenal have kept Ivan Fresneda on their transfer list after Edu met with the Real Valladolid star’s representatives about a January move to the Emirates Stadium, Football. Kaya Kaynak, a London-based journalist, told GiveMeSport.

Mikel Arteta strengthened his squad with the additions of Leandro Trossard, Jakub Kiwior, and Jorginho during the winter transfer window, but the Gunners manager could bring in more reinforcements in the summer.

Ivan Fresneda, Arsenal transfer news

According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal is in a bidding war with Borussia Dortmund, Newcastle United, and Juventus for Fresneda’s signature in the coming months.

According to the report, the Gunners have been scouting the right-back, who has a release clause in his Valladolid contract worth close to £27 million, and he will evaluate his options at the end of the season.

According to respected journalist Pete O’Rourke, Arsenal see Fresneda as a “star in the making” and will look to sign him in the summer.

The Gunners tried to sign the teenager in January, matching Dortmund’s £13 million bid, but he chose to stay with Valladolid, who are fighting to avoid relegation from La Liga.

Newcastle was also unsuccessful in their initial pursuit, as they met with Fresneda’s representatives early in 2023 and discussed a move to the Premier League after watching him in action.

What does Kaya Kaynak think of Fresneda?

According to Kaynak, Arsenal sporting director Edu met with Fresneda’s representatives during the January transfer window.

But, as they did with Mykhailo Mudryk and Moises Caicedo earlier this year, Football.chief London’s Arsenal reporter is aware that other clubs are interested in signing the Spaniard.

“The meetings took place in January between Edu and the player’s representatives,” Kaynak told GiveMeSport. There are numerous teams interested in Fresneda, and this has been a recurring theme throughout Arsenal’s transfer business.

“A lot of teams want to try to sign their targets. This was also seen in January with Mudryk and Caicedo. It’s the same with Fresneda, who has Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund interested, so he has plenty of competition.”

Would Fresneda be a good addition to Arsenal’s squad?

According to Sofascore, Fresneda has averaged 2.9 tackles, 2.5 clearances, and 1.3 interceptions per La Liga game since the season began.

These statistics highlight how the 18-year-old, who has made 12 appearances this season, could make Arsenal even more difficult to break down.

Fresneda also compares favorably to current Gunners defender Ben White, who joined from Brighton & Hove Albion in a £50 million deal in 2021 and has played extensively at right-back.

This is because, according to FBref data, he has averaged more tackles, interceptions, and clearances per 90 minutes this season than the England international.

Only three Valladolid teammates have received a higher average match rating for their La Liga performances since the season began, indicating Fresneda’s bright future.

Arsenal now ‘confident’ of agreement with £27m star at the Emirates

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Arsenal football believe they can persuade William Saliba to sign a new contract at the Emirates. Kaya Kaynak, a London-based journalist, told GiveMeSport.

The central defender’s current contract expires next year, and he is unquestionably a player Mikel Arteta will not want to lose.

William Saliba’s contract at Arsenal

In an interview with GMS, the dependable Fabrizio Romano hinted that Saliba might sign a new contract this month.

His teammate Gabriel Martinelli recently signed an extension, and Bukayo Saka is thought to be close to doing the same.

According to The Guardian, the 21-year-old has reached a verbal agreement with Arsenal on a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2028.

According to the same source, the Gunners will now focus on re-signing Saliba and Aaron Ramsdale.

What has Kaya Kaynak said about Arsenal and William Saliba?

According to Kaynak, Arsenal and Edu are still working on getting Saliba to sign new terms, but they are optimistic that he will.

In an interview with GMS, football.london’s chief Arsenal writer said: “It’s something that’s still evolving. Arsenal appear to be confident in signing Saliba, but there are a few details that need to be worked out. And, with the clock ticking, they’ll want to get it done as soon as possible.”

Why is Arsenal so certain that William Saliba will sign a new contract?

The Emirates is in a good mood right now, with Arsenal leading the league and their project under Arteta going extremely well.

All things considered, it would be difficult for Saliba to find a better club at this time. As a result, it comes as no surprise that the north London club is confident that the Frenchman will stay with them. And if he does, it will be fantastic for business.

Saliba, who joined Arsenal from Saint-Etienne for £27 million in 2019, has been a revelation for the Gunners this season, according to BBC Sport.

“Saliba is a modern center-back in the vein of [Virgil] Van Dijk. He is quick enough to deal with the fastest strikers, strong enough in the air to deal with target men, and comfortable in possession to ensure his team can play from the back “Earlier in the campaign, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher wrote in his Telegraph column.

“Yes, it’s early days, and Saliba has a long way to go to match Van Dijk’s long-term impact at Liverpool, but he has had an immediate impact on how structurally sound a previously flaky defense appears.”