Judging by Mikel Arteta’s latest update, it appears Bukayo Saka is edging closer to signing a new long-term contract that will make him one of Arsenal’s highest earners.
The England international is currently tied to the Gunners until 2024 but having established himself as one of the Premier League’s top talents since signing his last deal in 2020, we’re proactively looking to ward off interest and offers from elsewhere.
As negotiations continue, Arteta is happy to lavish praise on the 20-year-old while also outlining what the attacking midfielder needs to do to take his game to the next level.
Ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Bournemouth, the boss said: “He has to be a ruthless winner. That’s it. Simple.
“That’s his mentality, that’s what he needs to do.
“He needs to win football matches on his own, he needs to be living this profession: tomorrow I’m going to kill the opponent. And that’s what I want from him.
“He has this ability now he’s going through a place in his career and he needs to go to the next level right now.
“And I think he has the right environment to do it – he has the right people around him to do it and he’s very willing to do it. So that’s what we have to demand.
“One of the most intelligent players I’ve come across. Very well raised and educated. And he loves this football game.
“He has all the qualities and the right people around him to be a success. That’s what we need to work on now.”
To be fair to Saka, his progress to date has been very impressive.
He’s not even 21 and has twice been voted Arsenal’s player of the year, he’s twice been nominated for the Kopa Trophy – awarded to the best under-21 player in world football – and he’s featured in the final of a major international tournament. As young talents go, there are few who can match that.
The prospect of him getting even better is mouthwatering.