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Arsenal: Pete O’Rourke reacts to William Saliba talks

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Journalist Pete O’Rourke says Arsenal opening contract talks with defender William Saliba could be a ‘big statement’.

The Lowdown: Saka agreement close

Mikel Arteta’s side have enjoyed a fine start to the season and currently sit top of the Premier League table with seven wins from a possible eight.

It looks as if the club want to continue that feel-good factor off the pitch, with reports in recent days claiming that Arsenal have reached an agreement in principle with Bukayo Saka over a new deal, which will see him become one of the top earners at the Emirates.

The Gunners have also held preliminary talks with Saliba over improved terms after an impressive start to the campaign that has seen his Transfermarkt valuation rise to a career-high £36m.

The Latest: O’Rourke reacts

Talking to The Transfer Tavern, O’Rourke was asked for his thoughts on the update involving Saliba.

He said a new deal would be a ‘big statement’, describing the defender as a ‘revelation’ since returning from his loan spell with Marseille.

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“I think it’d be a big statement along with maybe a number of other players that Arsenal could tie down.

“Saliba has been a revelation this season since coming back from his loan in Marseille. He’s been a key part of Arsenal’s success so far this season and he’s building up a really good relationship at centre-back with Gabriel as well.”

The Verdict: Fingers crossed

It appears as if a new deal for Saka is extremely close to being finalised, and it would be another piece of exciting news if Saliba also extended his stay.

The 21-year-old is yet to miss a minute of league action and has even contributed to three goals in eight top-flight games. He has averaged the most clearances per game and has been dribbled past the least when it comes to the Arsenal squad, as per WhoScored, so it’s safe to say the player has earned an improved deal.

Saliba’s current contract will have just 18 months left to run in January, so hopefully, a new deal will be sealed before the New Year.

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