Arsenal have had a great season in the Premier League so far and have emerged as serious title contenders, a status they will want to keep until at least the end of the year 2022. However, the challenge on the pitch is just one; they still have to work on keeping their key players secure and happy.
Three of their top players have their contract talks pending and this was put so because they were busy with their national teams at the just concluded FIFA World Cup. Bukayo Saka was with the English national team while William Saliba and Gabriel Martinelli were with the French and Brazilian national teams.
Given the integral roles these three players have had at the club this season, it makes a lot of sense that even as the club looks to strengthen in the winter transfer window, Sporting Director Edu’s top priority is securing what he has at the moment.
While Martinelli and Saliba’s current deals have options for extension by a further year, all the players’ deals expire in mid 2024 and it is only logical that the talks are prioritized, especially with Manchester City and Barcelona rumored to be interested in Saka and Martinelli respectively.
Before the World Cup break Martinelli had scored five league goals and assisted a further two after featuring in 14 matches while Saka, a top utility player for the Gunners, is on four goals and six assists in the league this season. Saliba, on the other hand, has impressive numbers for a defender; he has established himself well after two loan spells and has scored twice and assisted one goal in the 14 matches he has turned out for Gunners’.
With these three players and generally a positively charged team, Arsenal have, and will definitely continue being a key favourite in the football predictions and tips on SportyTrader. It is easy to tip them as such, in a season they’ve already beaten Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham, all teams that would earlier trouble the Gunners.
The Gunners, and the club hierarchy are expected to seal these talks before the close of the winter transfer window, but in case they choose to expedite things, there is still some time as the team first plays on Boxing Day, when action returns after the 2022 World Cup. The league leaders will be up against their London rivals, West Ham United in their first game after the World Cup.
Meanwhile, as the Gunners prepare for the return. To action, a big boost may be coming their way in the shape of Leicester and Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans and reported interest in French international Marcus Thuram.
While reports have it that Tielemans’ deal is being mooted for the summer of 2023, Thuram is an immediate target as Arsenal look to cover for Gabriel Jesus’ injury with a long term solution. The Frenchman turns out for German Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach and has so far this season scored 13 and assisted four. His transfer is said to be worth £10.4m.
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