Mikel Arteta has hinted that Bukayo Saka is close to agreeing a new deal at Arsenal.
The England international is under contract at the Emirates until 2024 but the club are keen to tie him down for longer and to reward him with a pay rise to reflect his development over the last two years.
The Gunners also want to ward off attention from big-name rivals, a number of whom have been monitoring his situation in the hope of stealing him away.
Speaking after Saka scored to help Arsenal to a 2-0 pre-season friendly win over Everton, the boss was asked about negotiations with the winger’s camp.
He replied: “We will try and we both have the same intention and it’s a matter of time.”
On Friday, it was reported that Saka is “happy” at Arsenal and that salary details were being discussed.