According to trusted football journalist and transfers expert Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal defender William Saliba is currently putting into huge consideration, the prospect of signing a new contract extension at the club. After being sent out on loan two summers ago by Arteta to French Ligue 1 side Marseille, the towering defender has improved his game so drastically and is playing with a lot of confidence at the monet. He has evolved into a minster of a defender and Mikel Arteta could not be any more proud than he must be currently.
During loan spell in France Saliba staged that he was happy playing for the Ligue 1 club because he was getting enough minutes as he did not want to return to Arsenal only to sit on the bench. A lot of other clubs aside from Marseille tabled offers to Arsenal hoping that the Gunners would be willing to listen to offers for the French defender but Mikel Arteta maintained his stance that he needed the player and was going to do everything so he could return to Arsenal.
Fast forward to a ciuooe of months later, he has returned to Arsenal and has become a mainstay at the heart of the Gunners defense. He has now matured into a much more better player and has grown so much in confidence that he is now considered as one of the best central defenders in the league this season.
The influence of the 21-year-old star has shown in the Arsenal team as they have become very compact that they now concede very limited number of goals per match. The 11 goals they have conceded so far is the joint-lowest tally for any team in the league, along with Newcastle and Saliba has had a huge role to play in making this possible. It would be a wise decision for Arteta to convince the player to extend his contract as soon as possible.
Manchester United are eyeing a third consecutive Premier League victory ahead of the visit of Watford on Saturday evening. The Red Devils have won their last two games in the competition on the back of a two-game winless league run and three-game winless run overall.
Manchester United lost to English Championship club Middlesbrough on penalties in the FA Cup after the two teams played out a 1-1 draw at the end of both regulation time and extra time to start the aforementioned three-game winless run overall. The Middlesbrough game directly preceded the 1-1 draw at the home of relegation-threatened Burnley in the league which took the winless run to two games. The 1-1 home draw with Southampton in the following game then took the winless league run to two games and the overall winless run to three games.
The winless run came to an end when Manchester United beat Brighton 2-0 at home with the Portuguese duo of midfielder Bruno Fernandes and forward Cristiano Ronaldo getting the goals in the second. Brighton captain Lewis Dunk was also sent off for a professional foul on impressive youngster Anthony Elangain the second half. The Red card to one-cap England international Dunk was shortly after Ronaldo scored the opener.
Manchester United took their current league winning run to two games with the 4-2 away win over Leeds United. The Red Devils raced into a two-goal lead in the first half thanks to the goals from skipper Harry Maguire and playmaker Bruno Fernandes. Leeds United fired back with two quick goals at the start of the second half through Rodrigo and Raphinha before substitutes Fred and Elanga hit the back of the net later in the half to win the game for the Ralf Rangnick-led team.
Ralf Rangnick and his Manchester United players can make it three straight wins with a home victory over Watford this weekend.