Bukayo Saka signed a four year deal with Arsenal today, which means his future at Arsenal is secured until 2024. This is a new contract by the way, not an extension to the one year left he had on his previous deal.
It’s big news for us, the club, and for the 18 year old himself, and it’s a measure of the young man’s character that he actually took some time to apologise for the process taking so long.
I mean, there’s no need for him to do it, we know these things are complicated and can drag out for all kinds of reasons, but it demonstrates an awareness of how he’s regarded by the supporters, and the relationship he has with them.
Speaking to the official site, he said, “I just want to say that I’m sorry it’s taken this long, you know. I’ve seen how much it means to the fans.
“Over this time I’ve seen how passionate they are, how loving they are and it just means everything to me that I can make them happy. I just hope I can continue to do that.
“I want to thank them for their ongoing support. It means a lot to me. I hope this news makes them really happy that I’ve signed and extended my contract, I’ve signed da ting, made them happy!
“I just promise that me and the team are going to try, going forwards, to give them much more to be happy about.”
For those who don’t know, long-time Arseblog friend Roxy Harris (@RoxyArms) wrote a tune called ‘Sign da ting!’ when there was a contract on offer to Theo Walcott … 8 years ago!
Eventually, Theo signed da ting, and now Bukayo Saka has done likewise. Don’t worry that da ting isn’t as long as you might have liked, this is fantastic news for our future and hopefully for his too.