Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Arsenal were looking to tie down Bukayo Saka to a new long-term deal.
Having made his debut last season, the 18-year-old has come on leaps and bounds in the last 12 months catching the eye as both a winger and at left-back
He’s believed to be under contract for another 18 months at Arsenal but with other clubs sniffing around, it sounds as though we’re going to offer him a significant pay rise to continue his development under Mikel Arteta.
Ahead of Sunday’s game with Newcastle, the boss was asked if this was indeed the case.
He said: “I am really happy with how they [young players] are developing.
“Part of that developing is to improve the contract and to tie them to the club. But that has to follow a natural process.
“We have Edu, we have Raul, Vinai and Huss who are in charge of that and I am sure we will do the right thing when players deserve to improve and extend their contracts.”
Amazingly, despite making 23 appearances this season, Saka is yet to be officially promoted to the first team.
According to the Telegraph, because the England under-19 international is still on his first professional contract he’d be available to leave the club for training compensation if he doesn’t agree new terms by the summer of 2021.
It was confirmed yesterday that the youngster will be available for selection this weekend after recovering from a hip injury picked up before the winter break during the 0-0 draw with Burnley.