Saliba has been a revelation since being handed his chance by Mikel Arteta after three loan spells away from the Gunners, with his latter proving to be a huge success in Ligue 1 winning Young Player of the Year.
It appears as though he’s brought that form over to the Premier League managing to keep three clean sheets and score two goals since making his debut earlier in the campaign, but with a contract that only runs until 2024, Arsenal may have to move fast to secure his services.
Jones is now urging the Gunners to hand Saliba a new contract and in turn, fend off interest from potential suitors.
“As a footballer, Saliba is absolutely brilliant and Arsenal need to get this guy tied down because there was a lot of build-up to whether would he or wouldn’t he get the chance to make his own space in this Arsenal side. He’s made them so much tougher, there’s no doubt about it and weighing in with the odd goal helps a lot.”
Will Saliba sign a new contract?
TIF Thoughts on Saliba…
It’s very clear to see the impact that Saliba has made ranking inside the top four when it comes to tackles made and sits top of the list for interceptions this season (FBRef) and it only looks more impressive when it’s taken into account that the defender is still only 21.
To be starting week in and week out for a top-four chasing side in Arsenal and now getting a call up to the French national team at just 21 goes to show how talented Saliba is and offers even more reasons as to why he needs to be tied down by the Gunners to a long-term contract.