The danger of losing one of the most exciting young prospects at the club is slowly approaching the Emirates, it seems.
Bukayo Saka, a winger by default, has broken onto the Premier League in style. Even though he has played most of his 11 (of 25 in total) appearances in all competitions as a left-back, his enormous potential found a way to shine through. It’s certainly an exciting prospect imagining his skills, further honed and sharpened, providing great joy for Arsenal fans in the future, but other clubs obviously want some of that for themselves too.
The 18-year-old is contracted to Arsenal until the summer of 2021, on a reported salary of £3,000 per week. Given what players in the Premier League earn these days, there can be no doubt that the youngster deserves more than that and the club are, naturally, trying to tie him down to a long-term deal with a significant increase in wages.
But it appears that Saka is in no hurry to commit his future to Arsenal, and as reported by The Times, he has a number of options to choose from as other clubs, those likely to be playing European football come 2020/21, consider him an exciting prospect too. The club are trying to get the new contract signed before the end of the season in order to avoid any possibility of being forced into either a sale or a risk of losing him for free, but Saka apparently wants to wait and see if the Gunners qualify for Europe before making his decision. He started four of the six games in the Europa League group stages this season and he feels the experience has been extremely beneficial for his development, and he wants to make sure he continues playing against teams from all over the continent next season too.
At the moment, Arsenal are sitting in 10th place, six points behind neighbours Tottenham Hotspur in sixth, the last place whose end-of-season occupant will have a guaranteed spot in a UEFA competition next term. Naturally, that should extend to seventh if the two-year ban Manchester City have been slapped with by the European football governing organization is upheld; or cut in half.