Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta appeared pretty confident about Bukayo Saka signing a new contract with club while speaking to the media ahead to the Bournemouth trip, scheduled for Saturday late afternoon.
Yet to turn 21, Saka quickly erupted onto the Premier League scene, first taking the opportunity to fill in for Kieran Tierney at left-back, but now deployed on the right attacking flank – the perfect position for him to display the full variety of his talents. Naturally, such potential will always be attracting attention from rival clubs in the hope of snatching the player away, and there’s certainly no shortage of reported interest.
Saka signed his current deal in the summer of 2020, and with two years now left on it, there has been concern about his future, should he not pen a new one and a rival come calling with a lucrative offer on top of the prospect of Champions League football. There’s is, of course, strong hope at this point that Arsenal themselves will be able to offer the latter next season.
Arteta obviously feels the squad is a winger short as is; the failed pursuit of Raphinha is a strong indication of that, and the boss understandably isn’t willing to contemplate Saka leaving any time soon. Further more, Arteta believes that Saka’s ambitions match those of the club.
“I am very confident that we as a club and Bukayo, his family, his agent, everybody, we are very much aligned in what we want to achieve,” the manager said.
“And now it is about putting it on a piece of paper.”
Saka is, of course, a product of the Arsenal Academy and has never played for another club yet. The only other shirt that he’s worn is that of England, on 18 occasions.
As for his numbers at the club, Saka has 23 goals and 29 assists in 133 appearances in all competitions.