“I belong to Arsenal, I still have two years left,” he told Telefoot. “I will be back with Arsenal. I have played zero matches and I still want to show them my true face and have the chance to play for these fans and this great club.”
Arsenal may well run the risk of keeping Saliba at the club but seeing his value diminish if a new contract isn’t signed with his current deal expiring in 2024. The Gunners have already let the likes of Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette all walk away for free in recent years.
To join the elite clubs, Arsenal will need to start how to extract the most out of the market with players in their current squad likely to help fund other transfers. But the gamble on Saliba is Arsenal may be letting go one of the best young central defenders in world football.
An unenviable decision for Edu this summer, but if Arsenal already have the funds for what they need then selling up may not make sense right now.