This season mostly seems like a complete fiasco for Arsenal. They are nowhere near where they wanted to be in the Premier League table, they’ve been ousted from the Europa League at the hands of Olympiacos. We’ve seen some truly woeful performances from some players, and while the futures of some of the best are hanging in the air at the moment, there is very little hope the club will be doing any significant business in the transfer market this summer.
On the other hand, the Gunners have secured the services of Pablo Mari, a player who seems like a true gem in a much troubled part of the team, on a permanent long-term deal. Cedric Soares has joined the club full time as well. And now, after a few months of indecision and speculation, Bukayo Saka has signed a new contract, the club have officially confirmed.
The 18-year-old winger, who was often deployed at left-back this season, really took his chance with both hands. He was, in all fairness, extremely lucky to get it in the first place, which was probably only due to the injury woes of Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac. The youngster took what he was given, played where he was told, and put in a total of 34 fine performances this season, scoring three times and assisting 10. About to enter the final year of his old deal, he was linked with Manchester United and Liverpool.
Head coach Mikel Arteta praised Saka’s willingness and ability to adapt to various roles and learn, and expressed excitement about the prospect of seeing and helping him develop in the next stage of his career. Technical director Edu Gaspar added that this moment was the one everyone involved had been hoping for, and stressed the importance of producing such high-quality players from the club’s own Academy.
As for Saka himself, he declared that he considers London his home and Arsenal his club, and he’s looking forward to see what the future holds.