Mikel Arteta says that Bukayo Saka’s future is in his hands, with a contract offer on the table from the Gunners.
The 18 year started again tonight in the 2-0 win over Southampton, on the back of earlier comments from the Arsenal boss in which he expressed his confidence that the club could secure the future of one of the Academy’s brightest prospects.
It was something Arteta was asked about tonight, following the win at St Mary’s, and once more it sounds like he’s trying to convince the youngster his future would be best served in red and white as he heads into the final 12 months of his current deal.
“It’s in his hands,” he said. “He has a manager who has total belief in him.
“He has a club that really supports him, and teammates who adore him for who he is. He’s such a nice boy, he’s very intelligent and willing to learn.
“He’s eager to be the best, he tries to be the best every day. You can put him in different positions and he picks it up really quickly. He could have produced three goals today easily.
“You see the decisions he makes, he takes risks, he could have produced three goals today.
“The maturity he produces on the pitch is really good.”
Having handed contract extensions to four other players this week, let’s hope this one Arsenal can get over the line ASAP.