William Saliba holds up his new No.2 shirt after signing his contract.

William Saliba explains why it was ‘easy’ to sign new Arsenal contract

William Saliba says the pain of missing out on Arsenal’s title run-in last season due to injury made it easy for him to sign his new contract.

Saliba had been an ever present in Mikel Arteta’s side up to March, playing a massive role in them leading the way in the Premier League.

But a back injury sustained in the Europa League defeat to Sporting CP brought a premature end to the centre-back’s season and he had to watch on from the touchline as Arsenal’s title dreams slipped away.

And Saliba says that disappointment has only fuelled his desire to achieve big things in north London.

“Honestly the decision was easy,” he said, after signing his new four-year deal, “I had a really good season last season, but unfortunately I didn’t finish it because of injury. 

“So I want more. I want to play more years for this amazing club. I didn’t achieve anything yet, so I want to win everything with this club.

“I’m so, so, so hungry because I didn’t play for four months and I didn’t help my team. So I hope I won’t have an injury this season, I want to be here all this season with the team. I’m so, so hungry to play on. I can’t wait to be on the pitch. 

“I think we can achieve everything. Of course, it’s easy to say this, but we have the coach, we have the character, we have the players and every year the team gets stronger.

“We have better players with a good mentality. We have a good experience from the last season as well. We know that the season is so long. So we are confident and we know we can do something good at this club.”

Saliba will wear the No.2 shirt at Arsenal next season.