After a very promising summer of incoming transfer business, there are still things for Arsenal to sort out, not least of which is a contract extension for Bukayo Saka.
The 20 year old still has two years left on a deal signed in 2020, but his importance to the side has grown hugely in that time and he is more than deserving of improved terms.
At his press conference today ahead of the Gunners trip to Bournemouth tomorrow evening, Mikel Arteta was asked about the situation and sounded a positive note.
“I’m very confident that we as a club, Bukayo, his family, his agent, everybody, we are very much aligned with what we want to achieve,” he said.
“Now it’s about putting it on a piece of paper.”
He did make it clear that he’d like it to happen sooner rather than later, to ensure full focus on the season ahead – especially with a World Cup happening in November and December.
“I would like that to get done because I don’t want the player or anybody to be distracted while we are in the middle of the season, but those things take time,” he continued.
“They have to go through the right process, and I think the process has been really good.”
Until it’s signed there’s always a little worry, but the manager does sound like he’s confident it will happen, and after successful negotiations with agent who also represents Eddie Nketiah and Flo Balogun, let’s hope the club can this one done ASAP.