David Ornstein believes William Saliba is in no rush to sign a new contract at Arsenal, preferring to take his time and see how things develop.

Arsenal's French defender William Saliba celebrates as Arsenal's Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes scores during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Fulham at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 27, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s French defender William Saliba celebrates as Arsenal’s Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes scores during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Fulham at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 27, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

William Saliba’s return to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side has been one of the primary positives of the start to the new season, but his contract situation continues to cause some concern.

Saliba spent the first three years of his contract either out on loan or with the Arsenal youth teams. He spent a year with St. Etienne, half a year with OGC Nice, and another year with Marseille before eventually breaking into the Arsenal starting lineup.

As a result, even though Saliba might feel like a new signing, he’s got less than two years left on the five-year deal he signed when he joined.

Arsenal will be keen to extend that contract, but David Ornstein suggests Saliba is in no hurry.

“The situation as I understand is that he’s not in a rush to come and sit down (to sign a new contract),” Ornstein said. “He’s focusing on his football. What does he need to rush for?

“Let’s see how things go and let’s see if this is going to be a consistent run in the team because we’re still relatively early into the season.

“The power is all in Saliba’s hands in this situation.”

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BRENTFORD, ENGLAND: William Saliba (L) of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Arsenal FC at Brentford Community Stadium on September 18, 2022. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

With his performances so far this season, Arsenal will want to do a deal as soon as possible. But it’s true that out of three years and two months of football, Saliba has only spent those two months in the Arsenal team.

As it stands, the sample size for Saliba’s inclusion isn’t very large, even if it is the most recent data we have. If he’s committing his long-term future, he’ll want to be sure he’s not about to drop back to the bench when that happens.

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