Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn reveals William Saliba’s serious problem | football

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William Saliba featured for France in last night’s win over Austria (Image: Getty)

Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn admits he is concerned William Saliba’s contract situation will drag on and has urged the in-form defender to commit his future to the North London club.

Saliba has taken longer than expected to establish himself in Mikel Arteta’s side as the 21-year-old has been loaned out three times since his arrival from Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2019.

After the impression in preseasonHowever, he finally got the chance to kick-start his Arsenal career and has now firmly established himself as a key component of Arteta’s improving defence.

Saliba is also certain to be included in the French national team World Cup and came on as a substitute in last night’s Nations League win over Austria.

The defender’s stock is firmly on the rise with just over 18 months left on the deal and Winterburn has questioned why Arsenal are taking so long to tie Saliba down to a new contract.

He told FreeSuperTips: William Saliba is getting a lot of plaudits for how he got into the team, how important is it for Arsenal to tie him down after a summer of interest around him?

I am still interested in Saliba because he came with a huge reputation. For whatever reason, things didn’t go as quickly as many had hoped.

William Saliba has made a brilliant start to the new season with Arsenal (Image: Getty)

It looked like he was going to leave in the summer, but since joining the team he has been very impressive. He can read the game very well, he is fast and looks like a good defender, so I think it is important that Arsenal do not give him a contract for next season.

If they do, they will end up getting themselves into a lot of trouble. I don’t think it’s difficult because you ask the player if they want to stay and if they stay then you deal with the contract.

For me, I don’t understand why these things can be so complicated now. If you enjoy football and you like where you are, then get your contract sorted out and get it done as soon as possible.

I don’t really see a difficulty with that, but we’ve seen in the past that it can be difficult with some players who let their contracts expire.

Maybe because it was so different from when I played, I always found it pretty simple. I wanted to be at Arsenal, so any contract that was offered I signed until you felt your time was coming to an end, which it did.

For a young man like Saliba, he’s getting a lot of game time, he’s enjoying his football, so don’t let the contract get torn up and cause problems down the line. Money isn’t everything, enjoying what you do is very important and Saliba is a big part of this Arsenal squad at the moment so I don’t expect any problems.

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Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn reveals William Saliba's serious problem | football

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