• Saka understood to be close to renewing and Saliba in talks
  • Ramsdale also discussing fresh contract with league leaders

Mikel Arteta hopes Gabriel Martinelli’s new contract opens the floodgates for other key Arsenal players, including Bukayo Saka and William Saliba, to commit their long-term futures to the club.

Martinelli has signed a deal until 2027, rewarding an excellent season that has brought seven goals in 19 top-flight appearances for the Premier League leaders. It is hoped that Saka and Saliba, both of whose existing terms expire in 2024, will follow suit, with the former thought to be particularly close. Aaron Ramsdale is also discussing a fresh contract and Arteta confirmed there was the collective will to tie down first-team regulars.

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